Employing Minors

Summer is a time we see more clients hire minors.  Before you do so, be sure that you understand the special regulations applicable so you don’t expose yourself and company to civil and/or criminal penalties.  Civil penalties can range from $500 to $10,000 per violation, depending on the Class of violation.  Criminal violations include fines up to $10,000 or 6 months in jail.

All minors under the age of 18, with very limited exceptions, must have a work permit.  In addition, there are limitations on the hours and duties minors can work.  To ensure you employ minors correctly, we encourage you to review the DLSE website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DLSE-CL.htm.   This site will provide a chart of regulations by age of the minor and instructions for obtaining the required work permit.   For questions regarding this HR area or assistance in the process, please contact your YPP HR Manager.

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