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

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