Is An Employment Certificate Required For Employment Of A Minor?

Minors must be at least 14 years of age to be employed in the state of New Jersey, with the exception of employment in agricultural work, newspaper delivery and theatrical occupations. The child labor laws no longer apply when minors reach the age of 18.

An employment certificate is required for all minors under the age of 18. An employment certificate can be obtained from the issuing officer of the school district where the minor resides, or of the district in which the minor has obtained a promise of employment if the minor is a non­resident of the State. A minor needs new working papers every time he/she changes a job.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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