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What rights do child workers have in New Jersey?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2019 | Employee Rights |

Many expenses come with raising children as they age. Parents may have to pay for their cell phones, extracurricular activities, car, insurance and save up for college. It can be of great relief to you to have your child pay for some of their expenses, even if you’re only having them do it to teach your son or daughter what it’s like to be an adult. There are some factors that you should consider if your child plans to secure a job here in New Jersey.

You should know that New Jersey does recognize a minor’s right to apply for a job in the state if they want one. A child cannot simply apply for, get hired on and start their job right away. A minor must apply for an employment certificate or “working papers” after obtaining a job. This document, known formally as the A300 Employment Certification Form, can be obtained from the Department of Labor in the county in which the minor is employed.

There’s a variety of information that a minor must supply on their employment certificate. A minor must secure documentation proving their age, that they’re healthy and that they’re making satisfactory academic progress to take on a job. A parent must provide their consent for their child to work. An employer must sign a Promise of Employment and aid the worker in documenting their job responsibilities, pay, schedule and other details before such a work permit can be issued.

Child workers are restricted to working only for a specified employer when they receive their permit. Minors are limited to working in certain industries including theatrical, agricultural, retail, hospitality, secretarial and newspaper delivery roles for the most part. There are age restrictions on many of these jobs.

It can greatly help you meet your bottom line if your child steps up and covers some of their bills. Learning responsibility early on can help them in transitioning into adulthood much more smoothly than they otherwise would.

While children in New Jersey have a right to apply for a work permit, many factors may result in such a request being denied. An employee rights attorney in Burlington can advise you of legal remedies that you may pursue if your child’s right to work was denied by New Jersey officials.