Getting a work permit in New Jersey 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 New Jersey. 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.
In New Jersey, 90% of the state’s residents live in an urban area, making New Jersey the state with the highest urban population in the United States. Those living in these urban areas, including the teenagers, are seeking opportunity with the businesses in the area. Fortunately, the minimum age for minors to be employed in New Jersey is 14 and all minors under the age of 18 must have an employment certificate or “working papers” in order to begin working. Luckily, the process to obtain an employment certificate is straightforward. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in New Jersey.
All minors that are seeking employment must obtain an employment certificate or “working papers” prior to beginning a job. To obtain the employment certificate, the minor should follow the process below:
The employment certificate is for a particular position with a specific employer. Should a minor under the age of 18 decide to obtain a new position, they would need to obtain a new employment certificate.
Should an employer in New Jersey decide to hire a minor under the age of 18, they must obtain an employment certificate prior to the minor beginning work. The role of the employer in regards to employment certificates is very straightforward. Employers have the following responsibilities in regards to the employment certificate:
Employers in New Jersey who hire minors under the age of 18 must receive an employment certificate prior to the minor being able to begin work. The process of obtaining the certificate is not difficult and the employer does not have a large role in helping the minor receive it.