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3 Workplace Guidelines For Hiring Minors in the Church

Volunteers largely run churches and faith-based organizations, however, paid staff is also common.  During the summer months and on holiday breaks, teens are frequently looking for work and churches can often supply employment opportunities that are perfect for youth.

If you are considering adding teens to your workforce, be aware of the rules surrounding the employment of minors. Here are some hiring guidelines to keep in mind.

1. Work Permits and Permission Slips

Be aware of whether or not your state requires your business to obtain a Minor Work Permit to employ teenagers.  This permit is needed if one or more employees are under the age of 18 and it must be posted in your place of business.  Also, depending on which state you live in, permission slips from the minor’s parents and school may be required.

2. Age and Hour Restrictions

Depending on the age of your minor employees there are limits to how many hours they can work in a day and a week. Workers who are ages 14 to 15 can only work 3 hours a day and 18 hours per week while school is in session.  During the summer months, 14 and 15 year-olds can work 8 hours per day and up to 40 hours per week.  Children aged 16 and older have no limit to how many hours they can work in a day or week, regardless of whether school is in session or out for break.

3. Work Place Hazards

All employees under the age of 18 are restricted from performing any type of work that is considered dangerous or hazardous to heath. Some restrictions include driving and operating machinery and being exposed to harsh environments.  Consider the job requirements for all positions at your new business before hiring anyone age 18 and under.

There are many benefits to hiring employees who are minors, but there are a lot of factors to consider as well.  Before you employ teens who are looking for a job, check your state laws and be aware of the rules and restrictions that apply.

Asha Wilkerson is the founder of The Wilkerson Law Office.  She is also the author of Employment Law for Church Leaders. Ms. Wilkerson provides skilled advice and counsel to for-profit, non-profit, and faith-based organizations in the areas of business and employment law.  The mission of The Wilkerson Law Office, is to preserve the longevity of your business by ensuring that every aspect of your organization is legally sound and operating in compliance with state and federal law.