how old do you have to be to work at Tractor Supply Company?
there is one opening near where i live soon, and i was thinking about getting a job stocking shelves or something there
- PoopyLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Under the federal law (the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA) which establishes child labor standards, you would need to be at least 14 to work for a retail firm like Tractor Supply Company. Even then, you would be limited in what kinds of jobs you could do (no processing, no manufacturing, no warehousing, no transportation) and what hours you could work (not before 7:00 a.m., not after 7:00 p.m., except June 1 through Labor Day you could work until 9:00 p.m.; no more than 3 hours a day/18 hours a week on days/weeks when school is in session and no more than 8 hours a day/40 hours a week in days/weeks when school is not in session). These restrictions apply to both 14 and 15 year olds.
Once you turn 16, you can work whatever hours and times they are willing to hire you for, but you are still restricted from working in any occupation declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. That would include things like driving on the open road, operating a fork lift or a box crusher, and other things like that.
You can find more information on federal child labor standards by looking at the FLSA, and also at Chapter 29, United States Code of Federal Regulations, Part 570. Or, you can call the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the agency that enforces child labor standards, at 1-866-4US-WAGE.
The state you live in may have more restrictive child labor standards. You can check these out by contacting your local labor department/board or your lieutenant governor's office. The numbers should be available in the blue/government pages of your local phone book.
One last thing: just because a company CAN hire you at 14, doesn't mean they HAVE to. They may have other considerations, such as their insurance requirements, that prohibit them from hiring anyone under 18.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
- 6 years ago