Juggling high school and work can be difficult. Not only do students work hard at their grades, they have the added pressures of finding employers who are willing to be flexible with their school hours.

Part-time or summer jobs can provide teens with great opportunities for learning important life skills and acquiring hands-on experience, while at the same time earning some spending money or having the chance to understand their career options through mentorships and job shadowing.

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Child Labor Laws

First, if you’re under 18 you need to know that Federal laws and Alabama laws regulate the type of work you can do.

Federal Child Labor Law

"I am 14 or 15"
14 and 15-year-olds are limited in what hours they can work and what jobs they can do:
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"I am 16 or 17"
Although there are no federal rules limiting the hours 16 and 17-year-olds may work, there are restrictions on the types of jobs you can do:
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Alabama Child Labor Law

Employers who wish to employ person under 18 years of age must obtain the appropriate Alabama Child Labor Certificate(s) for each location where persons under 18 years of age are employed. A Class I Child Labor Certificate is required for the employment of 14 and 15 year old minors. A Class II Child Labor Certificate is required for the employment of 16 and 17 year old minors.
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