- The minimum age for employment is 14.
- Work Permits are required for all employed minors under the age of 18.
- Employers are required to keep work permits on file for each employed minor.
- A new Work Permit is required when a minor changes employers.
Specific Provisions for Individuals 14 and 15 Years of Age:
MINORS 14 - 15 YEARS OF AGE SHALL NOT WORK:
- before 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. - except from June 1st through Labor Day when the evening hour shall be extended to 9:00 p.m.;
- more than 4 hours per day on school days;
- more than 8 hours per day on non-school days;
- more than 18 hours in any week when school is in session for 5 days;
- more than 6 days in any week;
- more than 40 hours per week; and
- more than 5 hours continuously without a non-work period of at least 30 consecutive minutes.
Specific Provisions for Individuals 16 and 17 Years of Age:
- Not more than 12 hours in a combination of school and work hours per day;
- Must have at least 8 consecutive hours of non-work, non-school time in each 24 hour period;
- May not work more than 5 hours continuously without a non-work period of at least 30 consecutive minutes.
For a list of prohibited occupations contact: Delaware Department of Labor, Office of Labor Law Enforcement at the below address.
This poster provides only general information regarding the provisions of Delaware’s Child Labor Law. The requirements of state law do not affect an employer’s obligation to comply with any provisions of federal law.
It is unlawful to retaliate against an employee because he(s) has made a complaint or given information to the Department of Labor about possible labor law violations. Violations of Delaware Labor laws could result in fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO DISPLAY THIS OFFICIAL POSTER IN A PLACE ACCESSIBLE TO EMPLOYEES AND WHERE THEY REGULARLY PASS.