Youth Employment Rules

Please be advised that effective December 31, 2023, youth under the age of 16 will not be able to work in an establishment with an ABC on-premises permit (alcohol is served onsite), unless they are working on the outside grounds per North Carolina General Statute 91-25.5(j).  Youth under the age of 16, unless otherwise exempt, must immediately adhere to this change as of the effective date.

About Youth Employment

The youth employment provisions of the Wage and Hour Act are designed to protect minors by restricting the types of jobs and the number of hours they may work. North Carolina law adopts the federal employment standards for youths  between the ages of  14- and 17-years old, employed in non-farm jobs, as well as the exceptions to those limitations; however, the Wage and Hour Act establishes some additional, more stringent requirements that must be followed by all non-farm employers. Farm work is completely exempt from any of the provisions of the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act. Employment in hazardous or detrimental occupations are not permitted for youths under the age of 18.

Complaints regarding youth employment may be made anonymously.  However, due to the information that is required to be obtained prior to investigating a complaint,  all complaints (including anonymous complaints) must be made by calling 1-800-NCLABOR  (1-800-625-2267).

Apply for a Youth Employment Certificate

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