Quiz: Minors in the Workplace
Summer is almost here, and as school lets out for the next few months, many teenagers choose to spend their summers making some extra money. However, with the extra help comes extra responsibility. The successful employment of minors requires extra caution and attention to ensure you are following all applicable laws.
If you employ minors during the summer months – or at any time of year – we recommend that you contact our Helpline for any questions you may have, or to verify that your policies and practices are in compliance. Our consultants will provide guidance and clarity on any issues you may be encountering.
You may contact our Helpline during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8am – 5pm PST) at (800) 748-8484, or via email at email@example.com.
How much do you know about the rules for having minors in your workforce?
Take our quiz to test your knowledge!
How did you score? Bonus: We’ve also included some follow-up questions to further test your familiarity with the rules for minors in the workplace!
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1. Should an employer allow a minor to consent to their own background check, without permission from their parents?
No. There are limitations on employment actions to which minors can consent.
Bonus: What other limitations exist?
2. Can a minor fill out their own I-9 form?
No. Parents or guardians must complete the Form I-9 on behalf of a minor. There are specific notations to denote minor status that must be followed.
What other forms need to be filled out by a parent or guardian?
3. How many hours are minors aged 16-17 allowed to work on non-school days?
On non-school days, minors aged 16-17 can work up to 8 hours total.
How many hours can they work on a school day?
4. How many hours are minors aged 14-15 allowed to work on non-school days?
On non-school days, minors aged 14-15 can work up to 8 hours total, for a maximum of 40 hours per week – when school is not in session.
What is the daily and weekly limit during the school year?
5. What are the meal and rest period rules for minors?
If a minor works the maximum number of hours they are allow (8 hours), they must follow the same meal and rest period rules as adults. A 30-minute lunch break is the minimum meal period per 8 hour shift.
What are the meal and rest period rules for shorter shifts, such as a 3-hour or a 5-hour shift?
6. Can minors have more than one employer?
Yes. However, work permits are required of all employers for minors who have not graduated high school. These permits will not allow minors to exceed the maximum hours, should the minor work for multiple employers.
Who is responsible for monitoring the total number of hours worked by a minor?
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