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Can you Employ Minors in California ?

Who is a minor? Anyone under the age of 18 who is required to attend school and anyone under the age of 6 is required a minor.

What is a workplace permit and who needs one? All minors who have not graduated high school or been awarded a certificate of proficiency, must have a valid work permit. The first thing an employer should do is ensure that they have a valid work permit.

What duties can minors perform? Job restrictions vary by industry and the age of the minor. Generally, minors cannot work in any occupation that is considered hazardous.

What wage and hour obligations do I have to minors? Employers must pay minors at least the applicable minimum wage. In addition, minors that are non-exempt workers must be provided with legally compliant meal and rest breaks, overtime wages, and workers compensation protection.

Penalties for violating child labor laws? Penalties of child labor laws carry both civil and criminal penalties. Civil penalties range from $500 to $10,000 per minor employed per violation. Criminal violations are misdemeanors and are punishable by imprisonment for up to 6 months and/or fines up to $10,000. * If you have any questions please reach out to the FFHR team*




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