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This guide is for employers who hire minor workers. Every employer who hires young workers should know that in general:

  • A work permit is required for minors and can be obtained through the child’s school.
  • In the summer, minors aged 16-17 may work between 6:00 am and 11:30 pm. During the school year, minors aged 16-17 may only work between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:30 pm except on Fridays and Saturdays, when they can work until 11:30 pm.
  • Minors under 16 years of age may only be employed between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Minors can’t handle cash after 8:00 pm or sunset (whichever is earlier) unless there is another employee present who is at least 18.
  • Minors can’t sell or serve alcoholic beverages, but a minor over the age of 16 (or 14 in a retail setting) can work where alcohol is being sold if alcohol doesn’t exceed 50 % of sales.
  • The Michigan Workforce Opportunity Wage Act (minimum wage law) allows employers to pay minors 85% of established minimum wage. This means the minimum wage for minors is currently $8.20 (85% of $9.65).
  • Teens under the age of 20 may be paid a training hourly wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days of employment.
  • Teens working in amusement or recreational establishments are not entitled to overtime pay if the establishment is not open more than 7 months of the year.
  • A 30 minute rest period is required for minors after five hours of continuous work.
  • Individuals must be at least 18 to operate power-driven equipment such as meat slicers, mixers, saws and motorized vehicles.
  • Teens who are immediate family members in family owned businesses are exempt for minimum wage laws.



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