Getting a work permit in Minnesota 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 Minnesota. 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 Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minnesota, is the size of 78 football fields or 9.5 million square feet. This means plenty of retail jobs for youth residing in the surrounding area. Fortunately for minors in Minnesota, the minimum age for minors to be employed is 14. Youth aged 14 and up looking for work in Minnesota will find the process to obtain a job pretty simple. For most minors, a work permit is not required. Only those aged 14 or 15 who are looking to work on school days during school hours must obtain a work permit, known in Minnesota as an employment certificate. Otherwise, youth interested in employment in Minnesota simply have to look for a job. Employers do, however have to follow teen labor laws; click here for more information on teen labor laws in Minnesota.
In Minnesota, work permits are only required for minors aged 14 and 15 who are looking to work on school days and during school hours. Work permits in Minnesota are called “employment certificates” and should a minor aged 14 or 15 be seeking to work during the school day, they should follow the process below to obtain one:
Employment certificates are for a particular position with a specific employer. Should a minor aged 14 or 15 decide to obtain a new position where they would work on school days during school hours, they would need to obtain a new employment certificate.
Employers in Minnesota who are seeking to hire minors under the age of 18 only have to require a work permit or employment certificate should the minor be aged 14 or 15 and working during school hours. Should that be the case, the employer would need to provide a signed statement with information regarding what the minor will be doing, and the hours they would work. Once an employment certificate has been approved, the minor can begin working during school hours. Should the employment of the minor terminate, the employer is required to return the certificate to the issuing officer with the date that employment was terminated.
While employers in Minnesota do not have to obtain work permits for the majority of minors employed, those who are aged 14 and 15 and seeking to work during school hours must have an employment certificate prior to doing so. Employers in Minnesota must follow teen labor laws for the youth they employ up to age 18.