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Prohibited Places of Employment for 14 & 15 Year-Olds

The following places of employment are not allowed for 14 & 15 year-olds:

  • Restaurant/food service
  • Recreational establishments
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Mechanical/service industries
  • Mercantile/solicitation (see below)*
  • Theatrical industry
  • Barber shops
  • Any other business types not listed on the Permitted Occupation list.

*15-year old may be employed or permitted to work in any mercantile establishment as a bagger, cashier, or stock clerk (see P.A. 08-108)

There are some exceptions for school-to-career, cooperative work experience, and city/town summer work-recreation programs. Inquiries about these programs should be directed to school/town officials.

Federal Requirements
The child labor provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) apply concurrently in the State of Connecticut, and may be more restrictive. The U.S. Department of Labor should be contacted at (860) 240-4160 for further information.

Minimum Wage - $9.60 per hour (effective January 1, 2016)

Minimum Wage - $13.00 per hour (effective August 1, 2021)

Call (860) 263-6791 with wage questions.

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

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