Q: Does 17 year old- whom has graduated from high school have to follow the normal 4109 rules (wage, hours, work permit)
For example, would that 17 year old need a work permit even though they are already in college? Will the work hours limit still apply?
A: Under federal law, there are no restrictions on when and how much an employee may work once he or she turns 16. However, 16 and 17 year-old employees are restricted from performing certain hazardous jobs, such as operating heavy machinery or handling dangerous chemicals. Additionally, if an employee is under 20 years old, he or she may be paid a "sub-minimum" wage of at least $4.25 per hour for the first 90 days of his or her employment, after which he or she must be paid at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour (and in Ohio, at least $8.55 per hour).
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