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EMPLOYMENT OF MINORS
Time & Hour Restrictions For 16 & 17 Year-Old Minors (By Industry)

Persons under 18 years ENROLLED IN and not graduated from a secondary institution.

Restaurants - During school weeks:

  • 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (midnight if school vacation/not prior to a school day/not attending school)
  • 6 hours per day/32 hours per week
  • 8 hours per day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Restaurants - During non - school weeks:
  • 8 hours per day/48 hours per week
  • 6 days per week
Recreational, Amusement, and Theater - During school weeks:
  • 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (midnight if school vacation/not prior to a school day/not attending school)
  • 6 hours per day/32 hours per week
  • 8 hours per day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Please be advised of the following requirement (which impacts the restaurant industry) enforced by the Department of Consumer Protection :

Sec. 30-90a. Employment of minors. Permits held by, and financial interests of, persons over eighteen on July 1, 1982, not affected. Any person over age eighteen may be employed by an employer holding a permit issued under this chapter except that any person fifteen years of age or older may be so employed by such an employer on premises operating under a grocery store beer permit. A minor performing paid or volunteer services of an emergency nature shall be deemed to be an employee subject to the provisions of this section.

  

 

Recreational, Amusement, and Theater - During non-school weeks:
  • 8 hours per day/48 hours per week
  • 6 days per week
Manufacturing and Mechanical  - During school weeks:
  • 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. if school vacation/not prior to a school day/not attending school)
  • 6 hours per day/32 hours per week
  • 8 hours per day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Manufacturing and Mechanical  - During non-school weeks:
  • 8 hours per day/48 hours per week
  • 6 days per week
Retail/Mercantile - During school weeks:
  • 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. if school vacation/not prior to a school day/not attending school/ 12:00 midnight in a supermarket, if 3500 square feet, when no school the next day)
  • 6 hours per day/32 hours per week
  • 8 hours per day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Retail/Mercantile - During non-school weeks:
  • 8 hours per day/48 hours per week
  • 6 days per week
Hairdressing, Bowling Alley, Pool Hall, or Photography Gallery  - During school weeks:
  • 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 6 hours per day/32 hours per week
  • 8 hours per day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Hairdressing, Bowling Alley, Pool Hall, or Photography Gallery  - During non-school weeks:
  • 8 hours per day/48 hours per week
  • 6 days per week

Persons under 18 years NOT ENROLLED IN and not graduated from a secondary institution.

Retail/Mercantile:

  • 8 hours per day/48 hours per week
  • 6 days per week
Restaurant, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Recreation, Amusement, and Theater:
  • 9 hours per day/48 hours per week
  • 6 days per week
For all occupations work experience as part of an approved educational plan will not be counted towards permitted hourly limits.
 

Minimum Wage - $8.70 per hour (effective January 1, 2014)

Call (860) 263-6791 with wage questions.
 

Questions?

The Workplace Standards unit enforces a variety of Connecticut's labor laws including, but not limited to: child labor, drug testing, family & medical leave, personnel files, meal periods, insurance extension, and smoking in the workplace.

Call us at (860) 263-6791 M-F 8:30-4:30 or check our Web Site at: www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/wgemenu.htm

Checklist for the Employment of Minors in the State of Connecticut | return to FAQs For Minors


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