Getting a work permit in Hawaii 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 Hawaii. 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.
The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands and is the only state where the land mass is increasing (due to continuous volcanic eruptions). While Hawaii often seems like a vacation paradise, just like the other states in the US, it has its share of teenagers interested in earning money through employment. In Hawaii, the minimum working age is 14. Under the Hawaiian Child Labor Law, a child labor certificate or “work permit” is required for minors to begin working until they reach the age of 18. There are two different types of certificates and which one is needed is based on the age of the minor. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Hawaii.
All minors (under the age of 18) seeking employment must have one of two different types of certificates, or work permits, prior to beginning employment. Youth aged 14 and 15 are required to obtain a “Certificate of Employment”, while 16 and 17 year olds need a “Certificate of Age”. The process for a minor to acquire either certificate is straightforward. Minor students residing in Hawaii who are interested in working should take the following steps:
The “Certificate of Employment” is issued for the employer who completed the “Employer” portion. Should a minor choose to seek a new opportunity, they will have to complete the process for the new position and obtain a “Certificate of Employment” prior to being able to start. The “Certificate of Age” can be utilized for multiple employers.
As noted above, for minors aged 14 and 15, prior to a minor being able to begin employment, their future employer must have completed their portions of the form necessary for the minor to obtain a “Certificate of Employment”. Once they have completed their portion, they have the following responsibility:
For minors aged 16 and 17, the employer will have the following responsibility:
The responsibility of employers when hiring minors in Hawaii is straightforward and the instructions are explained in detail. While there are two different possible certificates depending upon the age of the minor, the clear instructions should lead to an easy experience for those seeking work in Hawaii.