A workers permit is required for all youths under 18.
Getting a work permit, or “Youth Employment Certificate,” the N.C. Department of Labor says that the preferred method for getting those is online at www.nclabor.com
“The advantage to obtaining the form online is that the form will be generated immediately after answering a series of questions,” according to Dolores Quesenberry, director of communications for that department. “Please note that the youth should not obtain the Youth Employment Certificate until a job offer has been made and accepted by the teen. The teen should print the certificate, sign it, and have a parent sign it as well as the employer. The employer is required to keep the certificate on file for two years.”
Many employers prefer to hire employees who are at least 16 years old because of the fewer restrictions on working hours, she said. According to the Labor department’s website, “Sixteen- and 17-year-olds may be employed in any occupation other than those declared hazardous or detrimental. No youth under 18 years of age who is enrolled in school in grade 12 or lower may be employed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. when there is school for the youth the next day. Sixteen- and 17-year-old youths may get the hour restriction waived upon written permission from the parent/guardian and from the youth’s principal/designee.”
Occupations banned for all minors include manufacturing or storing explosives, coal mining, logging and many more. The Fact Sheet on the N.C. Labor website has a complete list. We have created a direct link to that information at tinyurl.com/factsheetlabor.
As for how to find possible jobs, students can check employment ads in the newspaper, and friends or family members may know of a business owner who is willing to hire a young person. You can also find a lot of information and tips for teens who want to find work through the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Youth Rules” website at www.youthrules.gov.
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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