According to State Child Labor Laws (Labor code section 1299 work permits), 130.85 (entertainment industry) and Education Code 49160 all minors must have a valid Work Permit on file when employed on a legal job by a business. It should be kept in your office for a period of 3 years. By allowing a minor (student) to work without a work permit you are in violation of the child labor laws and can be fine for a Class B violation which carries civil penalties in the amount of $500 for each minor working without a permit for the first violation and up to $1,000 dollars for each and every violation thereafter (LC 1288 (b), 8 CCR 11781 and 11781.1). Additional information can be found in Chapter 11 of the Child Labor Law book.

All work permits for minors expire five days after the new school year begin and must be renewed if the minor is under 18 years of age and still employed (EC 49118). However, if a minor is under 18 years of age and is a high school graduate or a minor who has successfully completed the high school proficiency exam with a passing score no longer needs a work permit (Labor Code section1286 (c).

A request for a Statement of Intent to Employ Minor and Request for Work Permit can be obtained from the school the minor attends when school is in session or from the School’s District’s Office when School is not in session. For more information contact Tom Anderson, Work Experience teacher/coordinator Paloma Valley High School, 31375 Bradley Rd., Menifee, Ca. 92584 or Perris Union High School District Office, 155 East 4th St., Perris, Ca. 92570.

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