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Minors will be able to work longer hours starting July 1.

Florida minors will soon be eligible to work longer hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 49.

Starting July 1, workers aged 15 and younger could work longer than 15 hours a week during the Summer months when school isn’t in session.

And 16- and 17-year-olds could be asked to work after 11 p.m. when there’s no school the following day; for more than 30 hours in one week when school is in session if they have parental approval; and for more than six days in a row in a given week.

The bill passed along mostly party lines, with just one Republican, Rep. Mike Beltran of Riverview, voting against it with Democrats.

Democrats, union leaders and worker advocates opposed the bill as the rolling back of vital protections for vulnerable employees just starting out in the working world and likely unaware of labor laws and regulations.

The first incarnation of the bill would have allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to work before 6:30 a.m. and after 11 p.m. at any time during the year and prevented cities and counties from enacting a curfew on minors later than 11 p.m.

But the bill was supported by big and small business groups who wanted more flexibility for scheduling younger workers.

“House Bill 49 simply puts control back in the hands of parents and guardians if their 16- or 17-year-old has decided they want to work more than 30 hours in a week,” said Bill Herrle, National Federation of Independent Businesses Florida chapter state executive.

“For many young people, this first job is the key to gaining the skills they need to be successful for the rest of their lives. Many of these young people go on to own and operate businesses of their own using the very skills they learned early on in these jobs.”

Gray Rohrer


  • Dont Say FLA

    March 22, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    Rhonda’s best guess at trying to fix Florida’s economy is throwing little kids under the school bus?

    Really? Way to go, Rhonda.

    The MFLs must have decided that not only is homeschooling too much work, dealing with their obnoxious spawn in the evenings and on weekends is also too much to bear.

    You raised them, MFLs. YOU raised them. They’re YOUR fault.

    • Hung Wiil

      March 23, 2024 at 1:10 pm

      Don’t Say Ye. What is there to fix in Florida’s economy?
      There is record-low unemployment, extremely strong revenue collection, and a budget surplus of $17 billion.

      Let the children work. They can earn money, gain skills and experience, learn financial literacy, and have less time for TTok. Ooool.

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  • rick whitaker

    March 22, 2024 at 6:59 pm

    desantis is polishing his legacy on this law. he may just being setting up a supply of paid friends for his kids.

  • screw Ron DeSatan

    March 23, 2024 at 10:16 am

    if the kids don’t work hard, Rona will ship em to Gittmo. and NO social media either kids. and don’t you dare wear a mask to protect yourself from a deadly virus

    • Hung Wiil

      March 23, 2024 at 1:18 pm

      This is such a compelling, sophisticated line of argumentation. It seems you are an expert in syllogistic reasoning.

      • rick whitaker

        March 23, 2024 at 7:53 pm


        • Hung Wiil

          March 23, 2024 at 8:59 pm

          Stretching shaved pussies.

          • rick whitaker

            March 23, 2024 at 9:18 pm

            hung, how unnatural of you, figures.

  • Dale A Arnold

    March 23, 2024 at 6:55 pm

    Their donors asks Republicans for younger slaves.. So Florida Republicans provided them!

  • ron

    March 25, 2024 at 6:32 am

    So he is fine with kids working longer hours but does not want them to be able to read. hmmm..

    A college degree with teacher preparation,
    What determination it took to achieve that education.
    Of reading, writing and shooter drills,
    It’s a mortification the third must be taught in our schools.
    2nd amendment enthusiasts who believe in liberties
    Let our teachers, teach.

    Hidden treasures kept from curious minds,
    This ignorance of history, it always blinds.
    Educators search for that spark to enhance
    Each child’s gifts, without taking a stance.
    Elected officials understanding knowledge is the key
    Let our teachers, teach.

    Social workers, mentors, call them what you may,
    Teachers are these and so much more every day.
    Moments of fortitude, collaboration and such,
    Drawing pupils in with their encouraging touch.
    Students searching for those historical truths
    Let our teachers, teach.

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