Student Employment info

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Employment Certificates:

  • All minors (under 18) must have employment certificates

  • They must give their certificates to businesses that hire them when the job begins

  • When a student is leaving a job, the employer must return the certificate

  • Students can get the certificate from the Counseling Center.

Students aged 14 and 15:

  • When school is in session, students aged 14 and 15 may work three hours on school days, eight hours on other days for a maximum of 18 hours per week, and six days a week

  • They may only work between 7am and 7pm

  • When school is not in session (vacations, summer, etc.), you may work eight hours a day, up to 40 hours per week, and six days a week

  • From June 21 to Labor Day, you may work between 7am and 9pm.

Students aged 16 and 17:

  • When school is in session, students ages 16 and 17 may work four hours per day on Monday-Thursday, and eight hours on Fridays-Sundays and holidays

  • They may work up to 28 hours per week, six days a week, between 6am and 10pm

  • When school is not in session, they may work eight hours a day, up to 48 hours a week, and six days a week

  • They may work between 6am and midnight.

Prohibited Occupations:

STOP! You can't work there! NYS law states there are some jobs you can not obtain as a minor for health or safety reasons. Some examples are:

  • Construction work;

  • Operating power-driven tools;

  • Manufacturing brick and tile;

  • Logging;

  • Mining.

Workplace Rights:

Make sure you are aware of your rights, so you (the employee) know what to expect from your boss (the employer).

  • Everyone must be paid at least the hourly minimum wage required by state and federal law;

  • A meal period of at least 30 minutes is required IF an employee works more than six hours;

  • Employers must post a schedule of hours and meal periods for minors;

  • Employees must receive a statement with each payment of wages showing hours worked, wages paid, and all deductions.

This information comes from the New York State Department of Labor. Additional information is available at http://www.labor.state.ny.us/.

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