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Permitted Working Hours for Minors

The following chart is a summary of the permitted working hours provisions of the New York State Labor Law relating to minors under 18 years of age.  For an official poster of this listing please click here (open in a new window).

Permitted Working Hours for Minors
    Age    Industry/Occupation Maximum
Daily Hours
Maximum
Weekly Hours
Maximum
Days per Week
Permitted Hours
Minors - When School is in Session
14 and 15 All occupations except farm
work, newspaper carrier
and street trades.
3 Hours on school days
8 Hours on other days
18 Hours1 6 7 AM to 7 PM
16 and 17 All occupations except farm work, newspaper carrier and street trades. 4 Hours on days preceding school days (i.e., Mon., Tues., Weds., Thurs.)2
8 Hours on Fri., Sat., Sun. and Holidays4
28 Hours4 64 6 AM to 10 PM3
Minors - When School is NOT in Session
14 and 15 All occupations except farm work, newspaper carrier and street trades. 8 Hours 40 Hours 6 7 AM to 9 PM
June 21 to Labor Day
16 and 17 All occupations except farm work, newspaper carrier and street trades. 8 Hours4 48 Hours4 6 4 6 AM to Midnight4
Minors - NOT Attending School
16 and 17 All occupations except farm work, newspaper carrier and street trades. 8 Hours4 48 Hours4 6 Hours4 6 AM to Midnight4
Farm Work
12 and 13 Hand harvest of berries, fruits and vegetables 4 Hours 7 AM to 7 PM June 21 to Labor Day/ 9AM to 4PM Day after Labor Day to June 20
14 and Older Any farm work
Newspaper Carriers
11 to 18 Delivers, or sells and delivers newspapers, shopping papers or periodicals to homes or business places 4 Hours on school days 5 Hours on other days 5 AM to 7 PM or 30 minutes prior to Sunset, whichever is later
Street Trades
14 to 18 Self employed work in public places selling newspapers or work as a shoe shiner 4 Hours on school days 5 Hours on other days 6 AM to 7 PM

1 Students 14 and 15 enrolled in an approved work study program may work 3 hours on a school day, 23 hours in any one week when school is in session.
2 Students 16 and 17 enrolled in an approved Cooperative Education Program may work up to 6 hours on a day preceding a school day other than Sunday or Holiday when school is in session as long as the hours are in conjuction with the Program.
3May work 6 AM to 10 PM or until midnight with written parental and educational authorities consent on day preceding a school day and until midnight on day preceding a non-school day with written parental consent.
4 This provision does not apply to minors employed in resort hotels or restaurants in resort areas.

A schedule of hours of work for minors under 18 years of age must be posted in the establishment by the employer.

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