What Is the Minimum Legal Age to Work in Michigan?

Children may work in limited capacities

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If you're a young person in Michigan who's interested in working, it's important that you find out the minimum legal age to work in the state. And if, in fact, you are old enough to work, learn how many hours you can work per week or per day or if there are differences in the amount of time you can work during the school year versus when school is out.

Working in Michigan as a Youth

If you're a youth who'd like to join the labor force in Michigan, you'll need a child employment certificate to work.

The state requires these certificates for all kids under age 18. You can obtain this employment certificate from your school.

While you'll need an employment certificate, the state of Michigan does not require minor workers to have an age certificate.

Age Needed to Work in Michigan

Federal child labor laws state that the minimum age to work is 14 (with some exceptions). However, child labor laws in each state may also indicate the minimum age to work and which permits are needed. When there is a conflict between federal and state laws, the more restrictive law will apply.

In Michigan, 14 is generally the age youth may begin working in a number of fields, so there is no conflict between federal and state law in this instance.

If you're in the 14-15 age bracket, you may work between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. There are limitations on how long you can work, though. You should not be in school and at work collectively for more than 48 hours per week.

So, if your school day is six hours, you'll spend 30 hours in school per week, given that six multiplied by five is 30. That means you shouldn't work more than 18 hours per week.

If you're an older teen who falls in the 16-17 age bracket, you may work between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

You may not work or be in school collectively for more than 48 hours or work for more than 24 hours per week while school is in session. When school is not in session during summer, winter and spring breaks, teens may work longer hours.

Child Workers

Michigan allows children under age 14 to work in very limited capacities. Children between the ages of 11 and 14 may work as athletic referees at sports matches that include children younger than thy are. Children in this age group may also work as caddies for golf or bridge. Lastly, juveniles 13 and up can get work setting traps for informal clay shooting events.

Wrapping Up

If you're interested in more information about working as a youth in Michigan, then visit the Michigan State Labor website.

If you're interested in requirements for other states, then consult this list of the minimum age to work by state.