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Puerto Rico Rules for Employing Minors

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

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

A minor between the ages of 14 and 18 may not be employed in Puerto Rico in any gainful occupation unless the employer obtains and keeps on file, accessible to any authorized person, an employment certificate or a special permit.

Minors between 14 and 18 years of age employed in coffee picking must carry a card issued by the Department of Labor stating that they are of age and healthy.

Work restrictions do not apply to work done by minors in recognized public or private schools in occupations, shops, factories or in public or private establishments where the work done constitutes part of the school program.

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