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Virginia Rules for Employing Minors

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

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

A minor under the age of 16 in Virginia may not be employed in connection with any gainful occupation unless the employer procures and keeps on file and accessible to any authorized person, an employment certificate.

The certificate may be either a work/training certificate or a vacation/part-time employment certificate.

A certificate is not required for volunteer work or work on farms, orchards and gardens, and as otherwise provided by law.

Special Rules for Certain Types of Employment

Special rules apply for employment certificates for minors employed in:

  • theatrical entertainment, including dance or music
  • television and radio broadcasts
  • for-profit street or public place sales and solicitations

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