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The Application for Work Permit PDE-4565 PDE Notification to LEAs of Changes to Child Labor Law and the Online Availability of New Work Permits.On
Oct. 24, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act 151 of 2012
resulting in sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s existing Child Labor
Law. The Act which took effect on Jan. 22, 2013, confers new powers and
duties on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the
Pennsylvania Department of Education, school districts, and others with
specific responsibilities under the law.
Please be advised that
the roles and responsibilities of these state agencies, issuing
officers, enforcement officers, employers, parents/guardians, and minors
will change significantly as the result of this new law. As such,
superintendents and others in authority within Pennsylvania’s public
schools must pay special attention to their new and expanded
responsibilities under the law. You can access the new Child Labor Act
and an Abstract of the Child Labor Act Hours Provisions on the
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The following is a
brief summary of the major changes to Pennsylvania’s Child Labor Law
that impact school districts. There are many other changes to the law
such as work hours, summer school, and high school graduates. You are
encouraged to thoroughly review the new child labor law.
Although not specifically addressed in the new law, minors who currently
possess a valid work permit may continue to utilize that permit to
work. Minors, who possess a vacation certificate and desire to work for
another employer, may obtain a new work permit from the issuing officer
in their school district. All minors who possess either an old or new
work permit must follow the new rules regarding employment.
Requests for work permits involving theatrical and other similar
performances will continue to be processed by the Pennsylvania
Department of Labor and Industry. These minors will need verification
signed by the principal of the school attended by the minor or the
issuing officer of the minor's school district. This statement will
verify that the performance and rehearsals will not interfere with the
educational instruction or school progress of the minor or a guarantee
that arrangements are made for a qualified tutor for the minor. If the
minor is to be tutored, the application will set forth the name and
address of the tutor, whether the tutor is a certified teacher, the name
and address of the school official approving the subjects for tutoring
and the tutoring arrangements and the number of hours per week the minor
is to be tutored. For additional information on employment of minors in
performances and the role that school districts play in approving such
permits, please visit the Department of Labor and Industry’s website at
www.dli.state.pa.us. The following is a brief summary of the major
changes to Pennsylvania’s Child Labor Law that impact school districts.
There are many other changes to the law such as work hours, summer
school, and high school graduates. You are encouraged to thoroughly
review the new child labor law.
3. Under the new Child Labor Law,
neither the employer nor a physician will need to sign an application
for a work permit. The new law does require that an applicant’s parents
or legal guardian sign an application for a work permit.
new work permit will apply to all minors age 14 through 17 and can be
used for more than one employer. The permit will certify that the holder
personally appeared before the issuing officer, that all papers
required by law have been examined and approved, and that all
requirements for issuance have been fulfilled. The work permit must be
signed by the holder in the presence of the issuing officer. Minors who
can demonstrate official proof of high school graduation do not have to
appear before the issuing officer. The issuing officer cannot issue a
work permit until they have examined and verified the following papers
which verify age: an official document of the commonwealth or if not an
official Commonwealth document, an attested transcript of a birth
certificate, a certified baptismal certificate, a passport, a certified
documentary record, or the signed statement of a physician stating that
after examination they believe the minor to be of proper age. Under the
new Child Labor Law, an issuing officer can be a district employee.
The above officials can authorize, in writing, another individual to
issue work permits.
5. Under the new Child Labor Law, an issuing
officer may deny a work permit if, in the issuing officer’s judgment,
the applicant cannot maintain adequate academic achievement if permitted
to work during the school year. Similarly, an issuing officer may
revoke a work permit if in the issuing officer’s judgment the minor
cannot maintain adequate academic achievement if permitted to work
during the school year.
6. Under the new Child Labor Law, an
employer must notify the issuing officer within five days of the normal
duties and hours of employment of a minor. Within five days after
termination of employment, the employer must notify the issuing officer
of such termination. Employers are also required to maintain a copy of
the minor’s work permit.
7. Under the new Child Labor Law,
enforcement capabilities have been expanded to include school personnel.
The following school officials have enforcement capabilities: chief
school administrator, home and school visitor, attendance officer
(appointed under sections 1341 and 1342 of the Public School Code), and
issuing officer. School districts administer applications and issue work
permits. If an enforcement officer has reason to believe that an
individual working without a permit is a minor or that a minor with a
work permit is working in violation of the age restrictions under the
Child Labor Act, the officer may demand that the person employing the
individual, provide, within ten days the following: proof of age of the
individual in question or cease to employ or permit the individual to
work. Students must bring proof of age such as birth certificate,
passport, batismal certificate, driver's licence, or state id. Students
are no longer required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Parents must sign the certificate before the student presents with the
For additional information, please contact PDE’s School Services unit at 717-787-4860 or via email at: www.education.state.pa.