Can a minor with a high school diploma or equivalent work full time in the state of California?

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Can a minor with a high school diploma or equivalent work full time in the state of California?

I’m a 15 year old from Oakland, California and I recently took the
California High School Proficiency Exam. I was wondering if a minor
with a high school degree or equivalent could work full time. I
understand that there are certain occupational hazards such as heavy
machinery, alcohol, etc. but If I worked somewhere relatively safe
like Starbucks or McDonald’s, would it be possible for me to work full
time?

Asked on July 16, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you have your diploma or equivalent and are NO LONGER REQUIRED TO ATTEND school, yoiu are effectively an adult for purposes of work hours in your state (CA)--you are not subject to the work hour limitations for minors. If you are still required to attend school, you are still subject to those limiations, where are summarized here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/MinorsSummaryCharts.pdf


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