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All minors under age 18 (including minors employed by parents) must have a work permit. Minors who have a high school diploma, have passed the state proficiency examination or are performing certain types of employment are exempt from this requirement (see below).

Minors must meet mandatory school attendance laws and academic requirements in order to obtain work permits. Schools have the legal right to restrict or reduce the type of employment and/or the hours of work if evidence is shown that the schoolwork or health of the minor is being impaired by the employment.

Exemptions

  • Minors who have a high school diploma or passed the state proficiency examination
  • Certain Employment type:
    • Private homes doing occasional odd jobs
    • Sale or delivery of newspaper, if self-employed
    • Self-employment
    • Agricultural or domestic work on property owned, operated, or controlled by minor's parents

Work Permits Must:

  • Be renewed at the start of each new school year or when the student obtains a new job.
  • Be kept on file at the minor's work site.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

  • All minors must be covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance, including minors employed by parents and minors employed by businesses operating from a private residence.