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Federal vs. State Laws of Employment of Minors


Alvin is 16 years old and lives in a state that prohibits minors under the age of 17 from performing any job that involves a cash transaction. He applies for work as a cashier at a local department store and is denied the job on the basis of his age. Alvin argues that since the FLSA is a federal statute and it does not prohibit 16-year-olds from working in a job that involves a cash transaction, the state age limitation is invalid.

Is Alvin correct? Explain.


Bennett-Alexander, D. D., & Hartman, L. P. (2009). Employment law for business (6th ed.).New York, NY: McGraw- Hill

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The federal Labor Law, as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSA) of 1938, mandates that children under the age of 15 may work in cashiering, selling, and various other forms of jobs involving cash transactions (DOI, 2012). The caveat is that although Federal Labor law mandates this for children under the age of Alvin's age, Labor Law is the rare ...

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The federal versus state laws of employment of minors are discussed.