Getting a work permit in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. 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.
Hershey, Pennsylvania, is considered to be the chocolate capital of the United States. Chocolate is just the kind of treat that many teenagers enjoy and earning money is appealing to be able to do so. In Pennsylvania, the minimum age for minors to be employed is 14. All minors under the age of 18 seeking employment in Pennsylvania will need to obtain some sort of work permit, also called an employment certificate.
There are several different permits that one can seek based on the age and circumstances of the minor. In addition to the work permit, minors aged 14 and 15 will also have to provide a completed “Parental Acknowledgment of Minor’s Duties and Hours of Employment” form. Employers have to follow teen labor laws; click here for more information on teen labor laws in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, work permits, or employment certificates, are required for all minors seeking to obtain employment. There are several types of work permits: general employment certificates (for minors aged 16 and 17 that allow for them to work during the whole year), vacation employment certificates (allows the minor aged 14 and up, to work anytime except when the minor is required to be in school), and transferable work permits (for minors aged 16 and 17 and valid for the entire time the minor is eligible for work through age 18). A minor in Pennsylvania seeking any of these three options should follow the process below:
Employment certificates are for a particular position with a specific employer. Transferable work permits can be utilized for any employer and is valid until the minor turns 18.
When hiring minors, employers in Pennsylvania must obtain a copy of the minor’s employment certificate or view their transferable work permit prior to the minor beginning work. Should the employment of the minor terminate, the employer is required to return the employment certificate to the issuing officer with the date that employment was terminated. Should the minor have a transferable work permit, should employment terminate, the employer must notify the school district that issued the permit that they are no longer employing the minor. Employers in Pennsylvania have the following responsibilities regarding work permits:
Employers in Pennsylvania must be provided an employment certificate or transferable work permit when hiring minors under the age of 18. Fortunately, the process when hiring minors is clear, and should not limit minors who are seeking to be employed.