Hiring Minors this Summer?

pexels-photo-929245.jpegEmployers in Oregon who hire minors between the ages of 14 and 17 must apply for an Employment Certificate from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries each year.  Employers of minors under age 14 must obtain an additional permit and must comply with strict restrictions on the kinds of work and hours of work for these young employees.  Minors must be paid minimum wage for all hours worked, and are prohibited from working certain jobs and certain hours: minors between 14 and 15 cannot work more than 40 hours per week during the summer and may be scheduled only from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 16 and 17 year olds are limited to working 44 hours per week.  More information is here: http://www.oregon.gov/boli/WHD/CLU/Pages/index.aspx

In Washington, employers must obtain a Minor Work Permit endorsement and renew the permit each year. Under narrow circumstances, parents may employ children younger than 14 to work in their business.  Minors who are 16-17 years old must be paid minimum wage and have specific limitations on the number of hours they can work during the summer.  Minors under 16 may be paid 85% of minimum wage and also have restrictions on the number of hours they can work.  There are also specific restrictions on the jobs minors can perform.  More information is here: http://www.lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/TeenWorkers/default.asp





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