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How Old Do You Have To Be To Work In A Shop?

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In the United States of America, the legal minimum age for working in a shop is 16.This minimum age is set out in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is part of the Federal Child Labor Laws. This act was passed in 1938 and included in the Act are the standards for minimum wage, overtime pay and the minimum age that a child has to be before they are allowed to start working in the retail sector, amongst others.
However, the age of 16 is not standard across the board. Children as young as 14 are allowed to work on farms, but that age is raised to 16 for certain hazardous jobs and this aged is raised again to 18 for tasks such as coal mining, logging or working with explosives. The FLSA also restricts the hours a 16 year old can work and also determines certain jobs that are too hazardous for under-18s to do and sets that as the legal minimum age for those jobs. Also, it must be remembered that shop owners have to have insurance and to insure a child of 16 or 17 might be more expensive than it is worth so they may refuse to employ people younger than 18 when insurance costs are likely to be much lower.
As a general rule though, if you are wanting to work in a shop with little or no hazardous work, 16 is likely to be the legal minimum age, but you must remember that the number of hours you work will be limited and if the employer asks you to do anything that might be considered hazardous, consult the FLSA and, even if it is legal for you to do, if you feel uncomfortable in doing it, you can refuse to do so.
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You can start work at the age of 13, although most shop owners would probably want you to help out in the stock room for a few months before they put you behind the till.

Many businesses will actively seek over 16's to work in shops, rather than anyone younger, because the job will involve responsibility and trust. You will be cash handling, speaking to customers and organising the shop - all of which need to be done by someone reliable.

Remember that some shops which are part of a chain - such as Woolworths or Topshop - may not employ anyone under the age of 18. Under 18's will do better to find a little job with a small local greengrocers, bakery or newsagents.
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Lucy-Jo Christopher
Hiyaa. Im nearly 13 in a month and i just want to work in a news agent near me or something like tht, just to get some money and im wondering would i be able to get a job and if i did. How muhc would i get ??
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I really want to work.... I need the money for my parents and I don't know if I can work. I am 12. Can anyone help.
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In some shops the minimum age is 14 and in others it is 16 ( it depends on which stores)
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I don`t no I think it is about 14 years old not shore just what I m saying
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You have to be 14 and 9 months to work in perth, gosh I'm turnin 14 in 7 more months so I really want to get a job coz I want money for more shoes lol I prob sound like a ten yr old sumfin, lol GOSH I NEED MONEY!!!!
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I'm not sure either but I would also like a little job in a corner shop or something like that just to earn a bit of money.I'm nearly 13  I want to know how old you got to be just to work in a shop and I don't know stack shelves I wouldnt mined
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The simple option is to get a small job just to earn what between £10 - £15 a week by having a paper round. Just contact your local newsagents or have a look online and see if you can find a suitable location for where you can earn some cash. I think it is a good way to earn some spending money and a good way to start your job!
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In most large chain stores they sell alcohol, tobacco, or other things that are unsuitable for under-18 year old to handle. They get millions of requests every year and take the most suitable for them. This is not, unluckily, 12 or 13 year olds. At that age you may get a paper round or work in a small local corner shop (but it is their choice whether to employ you or not). You might be able to work for friends, neighbours or relatives to earn extra spending money, like washing cars, babysitting or gardening. X
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I am wondering if I could work anywhere I am 12 turning 13?
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You have to be 14 to get a proper part time job
and 13 for a newspaper round or babysitting
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Well I don't know but if any of you live in Regina Canada there is many different places that will hire you minimum age being 11
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Well I'm 14 and I want to get a job in a newsagents .  I already have a paper round which is at that newsagents , but I only get £10 so I want to know if anyone thinks they will let me
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A lot of the time it depends on who is employing
in australia the average age limit to work in a shop is 14 and 9 months
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I want to work in my dads fishing store, but we don't know how old I have to be if anyone knows please tell me because I would like to buy an 32GB iTouch but I only have $3.17 so I need money
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Apparently in australia its fourteen and nine months and you can only work part time until your sixteen.
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You have to be 13 to get a job but these jobs can only be ones that don't effect your health or education. Also you are not allowed to get min wage (NMW) until your 16.
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I think maccas nd stuff take like 14 yr olds but any younger will just have to wait, though in big shops you must be 14 and 9 months so yee,
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I think you have to be 14 but baby sittings usally 12 yr. Old places like gas stations r ussually like 16 or17
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I don't know but I'm 12 and I want a paper round or to work in a shop like a grocery is that ok but I think its 13 you can work in a shop but not a big shop maybe a bakery,grocery store or newsagents but I'm not so sure in devon bide ford thats what I really want to know
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In the uk, it's 13 although I think you might find a lot of places won't hire under 15/16's, but this doesn't mean you shouldn't try. I'm looking for a job in a shop, too cause I think it's about time I earned some cash! So yeah, don't stop trying.. :) and good luck! :)
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Hi I'm 12 years old turning 13
I'm in South Australia and I REALLY WANT a job
not REALLY for the money but I just  love the thought of getting up (all adult-like)
and going to work! :) its sounds real good but I don't know WHERE to get a job if you do
PLZ PLZ PLZZZZ with a BIG Cherry on top tell me plz :(
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I am turning 14 in september and am currently looking for a job in the brisbane area. Maybe KFC or McDonalds?? Could you please help me! Thank you
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Well I think you have to be 14 but I'm 11 and I work with my dad and I'm getting £25 a dayso its pretty good. Gtg bye
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Hi am only 10 years old and 9 months can I get a job, I would work anywhere in scunthorpe I would baby sit only for £10-£15 anytime you would like me to just call 07599523552 any time you like. I WOULD DO ANY WORK £10-£15

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