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Can i legally get a job at 15 in Tennessee?

by tom44 on June 14, 2014

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Question by Spencer M: Can i legally get a job at 15 in Tennessee?
I am 15 and have lots of expierience in landscaping and lawn care with several big companies around. The thing is, I thought it was illegal to get a job at 15 but i got those jobs at 13 and 14 lol. I am a very hard worker, so I guess thats why they all kept me. But is it legal for them to hire me at my age?
I ask because this summer I have a for sure job with a pest control company, but im only 15. So im just curious if they know the legal age? If the legal age is 16? I dunno. Anyone have any idea? I know that in S.C. The age is 15. But here i always thought was 16. Blah i dont know.

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Answer by wizjp
My child is 15 and wants to work. Where do I get a work permit?

The state no longer issues work permits. The minor needs to provide the prospective employer with a copy one of the following documents as proof of age; birth certificate, drivers license, state issued ID or copy of their passport.

What is the age a child can go to work? Are there any restrictions?

In Tennessee, a minor must be 14 years of age before they can work. Some of the restrictions for 14 and 15-year-old minors are:

WHEN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION:
Can work no more than 3 hours per day
Can work no more than 18 hours a week
Can work no later than 7:00 p.m.

WHEN SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION:
Can work no more than 8 hours a day
Can work no more than 40 hours per week
Can work no later than 9:00 p.m.

Breaks for minors under age 18:

Any minor scheduled to work 6 hours must have a thirty (30) minute rest or meal break no exceptions.

Are these restrictions the same for 16 and 17 year olds?

No. There are no limitations on the number of hours that 16 and 17-year-old minors work. They cannot be required to work during school hours; nor can they work past 10:00 p.m. on nights preceding school days (Sunday through Thursday nights), unless their parents or guardians sign a Parental Consent Form. The Parental Consent Form would allow them to work no later than 12:00 midnight three of those nights while school is in session.

The Child Labor Act prohibits minors, whether they are 14 to 15 or 16 to 17 year olds from employment in certain occupations. A copy of the Child Labor Act may be obtained upon request. Note: State and Federal Laws conflict. Therefore, we have quoted the stricter of the two laws.

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One thought on “Can i legally get a job at 15 in Tennessee?

  1. Keith says:

    Might be a good idea to ask at the local employment office!

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