Getting a work permit in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island. 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.
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the United States, but that does not mean there are not plenty of teenagers looking to keep busy, gain experience and earn money. In Rhode Island, a minor can begin to work at the age of 14 with a “Special Limited Permit to Work” which is required for minors under the age of 16. This permit is issued by the school district where the minor resides, and the employer must keep it on file. The “Certificate of Age” is available for minors aged 16 and 17 who are seeking employment. Click here for more information on teen labor laws in Rhode Island.
To begin the process of obtaining an approved “Special Limited Permit to Work”, the minor should first find a job. The employer will then complete the “Intention to Employ Minor” form, which is required for minors aged 14 and 15 and advisable for the hiring of minors aged 16 and 17. The form is accessible online, and a link is provided below. The process for a minor to acquire a work permit in Rhode Island is straightforward. Minors aged 14 and 15 in Rhode Island should take the following steps to obtain their Special Limited Permit to Work:
For minors aged 16 and 17, the “Intention to Employ Minor Form” is not required, but is recommended to protect the employer. Should a minor age 16 or 17 be hired by an employer seeking to have this form completed, they can do the following:
The approved Special Limited Permit to Work is employer and job specific. Should the employment of the minor terminate, the minor would be required to obtain a new Special Limited Permit to Work for their new employer that states their new job duties.
An employer will have to work with the minor on completing the “Intention to Employ Minor” form. . In addition, the employer has the following responsibilities in regards to employing a minor:
The responsibility of employers when hiring minors is straightforward, however it is a process. Employers looking to hire minors under the age of 16 must get an approved Special Limited Permit to Work from the minor and has the option of requiring a Certificate of Age from minors aged 16 and 17. For either, the “Intention to Employ Minor” form must be completed.