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Hawaii Rules for Employing Minors

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

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

In Hawaii, employment certificates are required for minors under the age of 18.

Requirements for Minors Under 16 Years of Age

Employment certificates are required for minors between 14 and 16 years old to work. The employer must keep on file an employment certificate issued by a person authorized to issue certificates by the director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Requirements for Minors Under 18 Years of Age

A minor who has attained the age of 16 years but not 18 years may be employed during periods when the minor is not legally required to attend school or when the minor is excused by school authorities from attending school if the employer records and keeps on file the number of a valid certificate of age issued to the minor by the Department.

Employers must return certificates to the issuing officer immediately after termination of a minor's employment and must state the date of termination.

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