School’s Out for the Summer! Child Labor FAQs for Employers
Have questions about seasonal employees? Want to know more about Georgia’s Child Labor Laws? Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions from the Georgia DOL website.
Q: Can I obtain a list from the Child Labor Section of employers who are currently hiring minors?
A: The Child Labor Section does not assist in obtaining employment for minors but rather ensures the safety of minors in the work place. The following industries are major employers of minors: grocery stores, amusement parks, recreation centers, day care centers, restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theatres, and retail stores. You can visit any GDOL Career Center to get help in finding a job.
Q: What are the requirements for reporting new hires?
A: Both Georgia statute 19-11-9.2 and the Federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 require all Georgia employers to report all newly hired employees, including rehires, to the “State New Hire Reporting System”. No employers are exempt.
Q: If an area school session ends prior to June 1, can a minor under the age of 16 work 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week or does the minor have to wait until June 1 to begin full time employment?
A: Once the school session ends, a minor can work up to 8 hours per day but no more than 40 hours per week. However, according to federal law, the minor cannot work past 7:00 p.m. until June 1. For the period of June 1 through Labor Day the work hours are extended to 9:00 p.m.
Q: Can a minor who is visiting and working in Georgia use an out-of-state work permit?
A: No. Any minor working in the state of Georgia must obtain a Georgia Employment Certificate issued by an authorized Georgia Issuing Officer. A work permit can be obtained from the local board of education where the minor is temporarily residing.
Q: If school is not in session one day during a school week, what are the maximum hours a minor under age 16 can work on that day?
A: If school is not in session on any particular day during a school week, according to state law, a minor can work 8 hours on that non-school day. However, if the employer is subject to the FLSA, the minor cannot work more than 18 hours during that particular school week.
These are only a few answers, check out the Georgia DOL site or call HR Strategies with your questions!