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How to lawfully hire teenagers for jobs in California

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by Christopher W. Olmsted, Ogletree Deakins

Summer is here and many teenagers have hit the workforce to earn a few extra dollars. Companies that hire teenagers should be aware that state and federal laws restrict their hours and duties.

These laws apply only to “minors” as defined by the respective laws. The California Labor Code defines “minors” as people under the age of 18 who are required to attend school. The definition also includes people under age 18 who are not required to attend school because they are not California residents.

Under this definition, a person under the age of 18 who has graduated from high school, or the equivalent, is not a minor, because he or she is not required to attend school. Therefore child labor laws would not apply.

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Employers that would like to employ minors under age 18 are required to obtain work permits. Generally, employers can obtain permits from students’ schools...(register to read more)

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