Getting a work permit in Georgia 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 Georgia. 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.
According to Georgia’s Department of Labor website, approximately 80% of all students work at some point during high school. In Georgia, teens can get started early; while there is no minimum age for employment in Georgia, the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets 14 as the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. Teens in Georgia can begin seeking work at the age of 14. Youth aged 14 and 15 looking for work in Georgia are required to obtain a work permit prior to beginning their employment. As of July 1, 2015, youth ages 16 and 17 are no longer required to obtain a work permit. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Georgia.
Minors aged 14 and 15 who are seeking employment in Georgia must obtain a work permit prior to beginning employment. The process for obtaining a work permit is simple and can be started online. A link to begin the process is provided below. Minor students who are interested in working should take the following steps:
The work permit in Georgia is for a specific employer and job. Should a youth aged 14 or 15 desire new employment, they will have to obtain a new work permit for that particular employer and opportunity.
In Georgia, the employer portion of the work permit can be completed online. Once they have a minor whom they would like to employ, the minor should begin the online process for their work permit. The minor will print the “Work Permit Data Sheet” and bring it to the employer. The employer should then do the following:
The responsibility of employers when hiring minors in Georgia is simple and should not hinder minors from obtaining appropriate employment. Georgia’s Department of Labor website offers clear instructions to all involved in the process of hiring a minor, making it easy for minors and employers.