Georgia Child Labor Law

Minimum Hiring Age in Georgia

What is the minimum age to be employed in Georgia? The legal age to work in Georgia is 12, but governed by state and federal child labor laws and varies based on:

  • The type of work (e.g., agricultural or non-agricultural)
  • Whether the job is considered hazardous or has prohibited duties.
  • Whether school is in session.
  • The legal status of the minor (e.g., emancipated minors).
  • Whether the job is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

According to Federal Law (FLSA), a minor must be at least 14 years old to work for an employer (e.g. retail stores, food service establishments and gasoline service stations), with an exception for minors working for a parent or legal guardian who owns the business. This is the reason why you will never see job postings for children under the age of 14.

Age Restrictions

  • Under 12: No minor under 12 years of age shall be employed or permitted to work in any gainful occupation at any time, provided that this Code section shall not be construed to apply to employment of a minor in agriculture, domestic service in private homes, or any specific employment permitted by this chapter or to employment by a parent or a person standing in the place of a parent.

Minimum age to drive motor vehicles (cars and small trucks) on public roads as part of jobs is basically 17 years old, with certain requirements.

Minimum age to serve and bartend alcohol in Georgia:

Beer Wine Spirits
Serve 18 18 18
Bartend 18 18 18

Work Hours

  • 14: 4 hours on a school day; 8 hours on a nonschool day; 40 hours during a nonschool week; Not work before 6 a.m.; Not work after 9 p.m.
  • 16: Unrestricted

Maximum daily and weekly hours and days per week for minors ages 14 and 15:
8-40 school day: 4

Nightwork prohibited for minors ages 14 and 15:
9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Maximum daily and weekly hours and days per week for ages 16 and 17:
Not regulated

Nightwork prohibited for ages 16 and 17:
Not regulated

Work Permit

An Employment Certificate, commonly called a Work Permit, is required for all minors who have not reached their 16th birthday. Age certificate is not provided.

Minimum Wages

The minimum wages in Georgia is $5.15. FLSA allow employers to pay a youth minimum wage of not less than $4.25 an hour to employees who are under 20 years of age during the first 90 consecutive calendar days after initial employment.