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Where can I work?

What hours can I work?

At age 14 or 15, YOU MAY NOT . . .
Do any baking or cooking on the job (except cooking at a
serving counter).

Ages 14 and 15

Do dry cleaning or work in a commercial laundry.

* 7am-7pm, when
school is in session.
* Not during school

Do building, construction, or manufacturing work.

* 7am-9pm, during

Load or unload a truck, railroad car, or conveyor.

Ages 16 and 17
* 5am-10pm when
there is school the
next day.
* 5am-12:30am when
there is no school
the next day.

school vacation.

Work on a ladder or scaffold.

At age 17 or younger, YOU MAY NOT . . .


Drive a motor vehicle on public streets as part of the


18 hours a week,

48 hours a week, but

but not over:

not over:

* 3 hours a day on


School Is

Drive a forklift.

in Session * 8 hours a day

Use power equipment like a circular saw, box crusher,
meat slicer, or bakery machine.
Work in wrecking, demolition, excavation, or roofing.

school days.

* 4 hours a day
* 8 hours a day



and holidays.

and holidays.


Work in logging or a sawmill.


* 40 hours a week.

School Is * 8 hours a day.
not in

Handle, serve, or sell alcoholic beverages.
Work where there is exposure to radiation.


Type of Work

Examples of Hazards


Toxic chemicals in cleaning products
Blood on discarded needles

Food Service

Slippery floors
Hot cooking equipment
Sharp objects


Violent crimes
Heavy lifting


Poor computer work station design

* 48 hours a week.
* 8 hours a day.

What are my Responsibilities on the Job?
To work safely you should . . .
Follow all safety rules and instructions.
Use safety equipment and protective clothing when needed.
Report possible work hazards to your supervisor.
Keep work areas clean and neat.
Know what to do in an emergency.
Report any health and safety hazard to your supervisor.
Get a work permit if under 18 (unless you have graduated from high school).

Where do I go for help?
It is illegal for an employer to fire or punish
you for reporting a workplace problem.
Talk to your boss about the problem.
Talk to your parents or teachers.
Talk to your job training representative.
For health and safety information and advice, call the
California Resource Network for Young Worker Health
and Safety. Mucha información esta disponible en
español. (888) 933-TEEN www.youngworkers.org

What are my rights on the Job?
I have the right to . . .
Work without racial or sexual harassment.
Be paid the minimum wage, currently $7.50
an hour. Beginning 1/1/2008 increase to
$8.00 an hour.For more information, call
(888) 275-9243. In some cases, employers can
pay less than minimum wage during your first 160
hours of work, if you have no previous similar

Work in a safe and healthful workplace.

If necessary contact one of these California

Receive training about health and safety,

government agencies (the local number can be

including information on chemicals that

found in the State Government pages).

could be harmful to my health.

Cal/OSHA (under Industrial Relations Dept.) for
information about making a health or safety

Wear protective clothing and equipment.

complaint.(800) 963-9424 www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH

Receive payment for medical care if injury
Labor Standards Enforcement (under Industrial

or illness occurs on the job. I may also be

Relations Dept.) To make a complaint about wages or

entitled to lost wages.

work hours. (415) 703-5300 www.dir.ca.gov/DLSE

Refuse to work if the job is immediately
dangerous to your life or health.

Fair Employment and Housing to make a complaint
about sexual harassment or discrimination.
(800) 884-1684 www.dfeh.ca.gov

Join or organize a union.

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