• Question and answer

    On Oct. 24, 2012, former Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Act 151 making changes to Pennsylvania's existing child labor act. The Act, which took effect on Jan. 22, 2013, confers new powers and duties on the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 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.

    The following frequently asked questions are provided as a guide and brief summary of the major provisions of this new law. It is specifically directed toward school personnel, parents and/or guardians, minors and others directly involved in serving those individuals covered under the Pennsylvania Child Labor Act. Since the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has direct responsibility for enforcement regarding employers, they are encouraged to contact representatives of that department for additional guidance.

    More information about Child Labor Laws can be found through these links:

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  • Q: Who is considered to be a minor?

  • Q: I am a minor and reside in Pennsylvania, where do I get a work permit?

  • Q: I am a minor and reside outside of Pennsylvania, where do I get a work permit?

  • Q: I am a minor and reside in Pennsylvania; however, I will be working in another state. Where do I get a work permit?

  • Q: I am a minor and reside in Pennsylvania; however, I will be working in another part of Pennsylvania. Where do I get a work permit?

  • Q: I am a minor and reside in Pennsylvania; however, I am a high school graduate. Do I need a work permit?

  • Q: What are the various types of work permits?

  • Q: Who can issue a work permit?

  • Q: What are the steps in completing an application for a work permit?

  • Q: Does a parent or legal guardian have to appear in person before an issuing officer?

  • Q: Does a minor need to have a job offer in order to obtain a work permit?

  • Q: What is the procedure for getting a work permit?

  • Q: Must the minor appear in person before the issuing officer to receive a work permit?

  • Q: Since an issuing officer is also considered to be an enforcement officer under the Child Labor Act, what are their responsibilities?

  • Q: Can a school district refuse to issue a work permit, or revoke one, on the grounds of the student's academic performance?