The Pennsylvania Child Labor Law Work Permit Information
Work permits may be obtained by appearing at the Northeastern High School main office.
Please call the office before traveling to the building to ensure someone will be there to assist you over the summer months (due to vacation schedules, etc.). (717) 266-3644
Summer Hours Are:
Monday through Thursday - 8a.m. to 11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m. to 4p.m.
Office hours during the academic year are 7:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Contact the Northeastern High School main office at (717) 266-3644 with questions or concerns.
The following information has been sourced directly from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A link to the website is included below:
The Pennsylvania Child Labor Law (CLL) was enacted to "provide for the health, safety, and welfare of minors by forbidding their employment or work in certain establishments and occupations, and under certain specified ages." The CLL requires minors to obtain work permits prior to beginning work. This law, with the exception of farm work or domestic service in a private home, covers work in any establishment other than the minor's residence.
Where do I get a work permit?
Each school district is responsible for issuing work permits to all minors who reside in the district including those who attend non-public schools, cyber charter schools, or are participating in a home education program.
What are the steps in completing an application for a work permit?
An application for a work permit can be obtained at your local school district. The parent or legal guardian must sign the application. If the parent or legal guardian is not able to sign the application, then the minor applicant may execute a statement before a notary public attesting to the accuracy of the facts on the application. The statement must be attached to the application. The issuing officer must also be presented with a document that verifies the age of the student. The issuing officer shall not issue a work permit until the issuing officer has received, examined, approved and filed the following papers which verify the applicant's age. The Northeastern High School office has access to this information in Sapphire, our student information system, for students who are attending or have attended NESD schools.
If proof of age is an official document or record of the commonwealth or government of another state or governmental subdivision of another state, it need not be filed if the issuing officer records the information necessary to enable the document or record to be located at the place where it is filed. If proof of age is other than an official document or record of the commonwealth or government of another state or governmental subdivision of another state, the following is the order of preference for acceptable proof under this clause:
- An attested transcript of the birth certificate, filed according to law with a register of vital statistics or other officer charged with the duty of recording births.
- A certified baptismal certificate or transcript of the record of baptism showing the date of birth.
- A passport showing the age of the minor.
- Any certified documentary record of age other than a school record or an affidavit of age, which appears to the satisfaction of the issuing officer to be sufficient evidence of age.
- The signed statement of a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner, approved by the board of school directors, stating that, after examination, it is the opinion of the individual signing the statement that the applicant has attained the age required by law for the occupation in which the applicant expects to engage. The statement must be accompanied by an affidavit signed by the applicant's parent or legal guardian or, if there is no parent or legal guardian, by the applicant's next friend and certifying to the name, date and place of birth of the applicant and that the individual signing the statement is unable to produce any of the proofs of age specified in subclauses (I), (II), (III) and (IV).
Does a parent or legal guardian have to appear in person before an issuing officer?
No, the Pennsylvania Child Labor Act indicates that the parent or legal guardian does not have to appear in person before the issuing officer. If the parent or legal guardian is not able to sign the application, then the minor applicant may execute a statement before a notary public attesting to the accuracy of the facts on the application. The statement must be attached to the application. Either a parent or guardian must appear in person at the school or the student must provide a notarized statement.
Must the minor appear in person before the issuing officer to receive a work permit?
The work permit certifies that the minor has personally appeared before the issuing officer and has been examined and that all papers have been examined, approved and filed. This certifies that all conditions and requirements for issuing a permit have been fulfilled. The work permit is then signed by the minor 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 minor may sign the certificate at a separate time from the parent or legal guardian.