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Child Labor

Types of Working Papers:

Student Non Factory Employment Certificate - The Student Non-Factory Employment Certificate, known as AT-18 (blue paper), is issued to minors ages 14 and 15 who plan to work at permitted occupations during vacations of after school hours. The certificate is not valid for work in factory workrooms or work involving use of prohibited machinery or chemical processes, or cleaning, oiling, wiping, or adjusting belts to machinery.

Student General Employment Certificate - The Student General Employment Certificate, known as AT-19 (green paper), is issued to minors ages 16 and 17 who attend school and plan to work during vacations or after school hours. It is valid for work in a factory and other trade, business, or service. However, this certificate is not valid for hazardous employment such as operating certain machines, doing construction work, or for work as a helper on a motor vehicle, or cleaning, oiling, wiping, or adjusting belts to machinery.

Full-Time Employment Certificate - The Full-Time Employment Certificate, known as AT-20 (salmon paper), is issued to minors ages 16 and 17 who are not attending school or who are leaving school for full-time employment. It is valid for factory or other types of work. It is not valid for hazardous employment such as operating certain power-driven machines, doing construction work, or for work as a helper on a motor vehicle or cleaning, oiling, wiping, or adjusting belts to machinery.

Special Occupation Permits:

Farm Work Permit - The Farm Work Permit, known as AT-25 (white paper), is for minors ages 12 and 13. It allows them to work in the hand harvest of berries, fruits, and vegetables. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or give the employer written consent from them. For minors ages 14 and 15, the Farm Work Permit is called an AT-24 (yellow paper). It allows the minors to work before and after school, on week-ends and during vacations. The permits are not valid for work in or in connection with a factory or cannery. The minors may use both permits for any farmer-employer, but each farmer must sign the permit.

Newspaper Carrier Permit - Newspaper Carrier Permits, also known as AT-23 (buff paper), are for minors ages 11 to 18 who deliver, or sell and deliver, newspapers, shopping papers, or periodicals to homes or places of business. The minors must carry the permit while working.

Street Trades Permit - Street Trades Permits, also known as AT-26 (ivory paper), are for self-employed minors ages 14 to 18 who sell newspapers or periodicals in the street or public places or who work as shoeshines.

Child Model Permit - Child Model Permits, also known as AT-12 (green booklet), are issued for the employment of child models under 18 years of age.

NOTE: A minor must give their employment certificate to the employer when they begin employment. When a minor leaves employment, the employer must return the employment certificate to the minor.

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