When it comes to working hours for minors, there are a few key rules to keep in mind. A night before a typical school day, usually a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, is considered a school night. This means that children under 16 can work from 8 to 40 hours during non-school days or weeks. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
For instance, 14- and 15-year-old students enrolled in approved work experience and career exploration programs may work during school hours for up to 3 hours on a school day and 23 hours during a school week. Additionally, children under 14 years of age or older employed in recreational or educational activities by a park district or a municipal park and recreation department may work up to 3 hours per school day twice a week until 9 p.m. Work is allowed until 10 p.m. Children under 18 enrolled in school can work up to 50 hours during any week when school is in session less than 3 days or during the first or last calendar week of the school, regardless of how many days the school is open for the week.
Furthermore, minors of any age cannot work during school hours unless they have graduated or dropped out of school. In school canteens, a minor with a certificate of employment can work during the lunch period at the school they attend. It's important to note that these rules are set by the federal government and may vary from state to state. Therefore, it's important to consult your state Department of Labor for details on your state's requirements. Overall, Sundays are considered school nights and minors should be aware of the restrictions on working hours before they start their job.
By understanding the rules and regulations set by the federal government, minors can ensure that they are working within the legal limits.