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Kids Working - Know the Laws

You want to find a job. Earn your own money. Be a little independent. If your parents agree, working can be both rewarding, help build your character, teach confidence and prepare you for your future. It also has it's drawbacks.

Working long hours can be physically demanding and tiring. It can have a very serious affect on your education and social activities. This is something you must take into consideration.

There are also laws which govern at what age you can legally work, how many hours you can work and what type of work you can do. For example, in the United States if you are 13 or under, you can deliver newspapers, work as a baby-sitter, work as an actor or performer in motion pictures, television, theater or radio, work in a business solely owned or operated by your parents or, you can work on a farm owned or operated by your parents.

If you are 14 or 15 You can work no more than: 3 hours on a school day, 18 hours in a school week, 8 hours on a non-school day, and 40 hours in non-school week.

Each country has it's own set of rules governing youth labor. Be sure to check where you live, what rules apply.

United States | Canada

If your country is not listed try searching on Google for "child labor laws" and your country name, or call your local government labor information offices.

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