Getting a work permit in Alabama is much easier than most teens think, but the entire process can be pretty confusing if you've never done it before. Because of this, we've created this page which outlines everything you need to know about getting a work permit in Alabama. If you're under the age of 16, a work permit is required to work part-time at any company, so follow what we've outlined here and you can get a job in no time.
Employment over the summer or on a part-time basis can offer multiple benefits to teenagers, to include earning money, learning responsibility, gaining life experience, and staying busy. By 14 or 15, a teenager may be more interested in paid employment than participating in sports or extracurricular activities. In Alabama, a minor can begin to work at the age of 14 with a completed Eligibility to Work form. This form is required for 14 and 15 year olds and employers that are open to hiring individuals under 18 must acquire the correct Child Labor Certificate. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Alabama.
The process for a minor to acquire a work permit in Alabama is straightforward. The Eligibility to Work form, or work permit, is available at the school where the minor attends, either from the school administrator or counselor. The form certifies the student is “eligible to work” by having “satisfactory grades and attendance”. The form must include the location of where the minor student will work, and be signed by the designated school official. Once the form is completed and signed, the minor student must bring the form to their new employer. Minor students aged 14 and 15 should take the following steps to obtain and complete their work permit:
The work permit is completed for a specific employer. Should the minor student decide to work elsewhere, they will need to complete an Eligibility to Work form that will list the new employer.
Before an employer hires a minor aged 14 and 15, they must be sure that they have a Class I Labor Certificate. The certificate is simple to acquire and you can access the application by clicking here . This certificate is required for each location where a 14 or 15 year old is employed and must be posted in public view. Once the employer has hired a minor, they must keep the following on site:
The responsibility of employers when hiring minors aged 14 and 15 is not complicated or so labor intensive as to prohibit the hiring of those in that age group. Minors aged 14 and 15 who are interested in working will not experience significant hoops to jump through, and should focus on applying for positions with employers that hold a Class I Labor Certificate.