Getting a work permit in Arkansas 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 Arkansas. 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.
Teenagers in Arkansas complaining of “nothing to do” can keep themselves busy and earn money by the age of 14, while gaining valuable work experience through summer or part-time employment. This is great news for teens and their parents, who hope to see their children continue to grow and learn. In Arkansas, a minor can begin to work at the age of 14 with an approved employment certificate or work permit. This employment certificate is required for all minors under the age of 16, must be issued by the Director of the Department of Labor, and must be kept on file by the employer. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Arkansas.
To begin the process of obtaining an approved employment certificate, the minor should obtain the “Application for Employment of a Minor”. The form is accessible online, and a link is provided below. The process for a minor to acquire a work permit in Arkansas is straightforward. Those aged 14 and 15 should take the following steps to obtain their approved employment certificate:
The approved employment certificate is valid only for the employer that is listed on the approved certificate. Should the minor decide to seek other employment, a new approved employment certificate must be obtained. The approved employment certificate does remain valid should a minor leave the job and then return to the employer and resume the same work.
An employer will have to work with the minor on completing the “Application for Employment of a Minor”. In addition, the employer has the following responsibilities in regards to employing a minor:
The responsibility of employers when hiring minors is straightforward, however it is a process and will take some time to complete. Minors aged 14 and 15 should factor the time it will take to receive an approved employment certificate when deciding when to begin their job search. This should also be kept in mind when minors are considering seeking employment somewhere new, as they will need to obtain a new approved employment certificate.