Student Employment & Work Permits
Alternate Route to a Minor Work Permit (during Covid-19 closure)
According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, the completed paperwork itself can stand in the place of a final printed Minor Work Permit certificate during this closure. Employers should keep the paperwork on file, just like they would the permit. The formal permit should be processed as soon as the school is reopened.
Please remember that school IS in session, and all hour restrictions for students are still in place, meaning students can not be working 8 hour days, or during school hours, simply because they are not in class buildings.
For questions, call the Division of Industrial Compliance's Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration at 614-644-2239 or email email@example.com.
Per Ohio law, work permits are required for all students under the age of 18 who want to work during the school year. Students who are 14-15 years old must have permits to work any time.
To receive a work permit, a student must complete an application form, obtain approvals from their potential employers and from parents or legal guardians; provide a birth certificate to show proof of age; and, if the job requires a physical, a physician's signed and time-stamped certificate.
Note: Hour restrictions outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4109 remain in place for minors during any week that was not a pre-planned school holiday, such as Spring Break, and the prohibited and hazardous occupation restrictions also still are active for minors during this closure.
How to get a Minor Work Permit
- Download and print the Minor Work Permit application form (Ohio calls it a "pre-application") to gather necessary information and approvals from potential employers and parents or legal guardians.
- Return the completed application and required documents to Ms. Wilma Byrd in the high school front office.