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District of Columbia Rules for Employing Minors

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in the District of Columbia must conform with these state rules relating to the employment of minors.

In the District of Columbia, work or vacation permits are required for minors between 14 and 18 years of age working in an establishment and must be kept on file. Certificates are issued by the Board of Education.

Vacation permits may be issued for minors between 14 and 16 years of age permitting their employment during summer vacations and during the school year when school is not in session. Vacation permits are to be a different color than work permits issued for work during the school year and must state the period of time for which its use is valid.

Casual Employment Exception

Minors under 18 years of age may be employed without a work or vacation permit outside of school hours in irregular or casual work for the home of the employer, provided that the employment not be connected to the business, trade, profession or occupation of the employer.

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