As a general rule, no one under the age of 16 may be employed by the College.  Before hiring anyone between the ages of 16 and 18, Human Resources needs to be consulted. Federal and state regulations place restrictions on the type of work an individual under age 18 may perform, and their working hours. Additionally, there are detailed record-keeping requirements when employing someone age 16 or 17.

Significant penalties can be assessed in the event of a violation of child labor laws.

In general:

• Minors under the age of 18 who have not yet graduated from high school must receive an employment certificate ("working papers") from their school district before being employed;

• The College (Human Resources) must notify the issuing school district of the minor's employment, in writing, within 5 days of hire, and must provide notification when employment ends;

• Written permission from the parent or legal guardian must be obtained and maintained;

• The minor's supervisor must maintain accurate and thorough records of the minor's work hours, schedules, and daily meal and break periods, and must assure the minor does not exceed maximum work hours as outlined below;

• During the school year the minor may not work more than 28 hours per school week (Monday through Friday); no more than 8 hours each on Saturday and Sunday; no more than a total of 8 hours on any day; and generally not before 6:00 a.m. or after midnight;

• During the summer vacation period the minor may work no more than 8 hours per day and a maximum of 44 hours per week;

• Minors may not work more than 6 consecutive days;

• Minors must be given a minimum 30 minute meal/break period immediately following 5 consecutive hours of work;

• Minors (those under age 18) may not perform certain hazardous tasks including electrical wiring, operating certain machinery, operating some power tools, using spray coatings, and welding.

Additionally, the College requires all faculty, staff, College volunteers, and F&M students working with or supervising a minor(s) to obtain a criminal background check clearance. Human Resources needs to be contacted two months in advance of the minor’s hire date.