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West Virginia Rules for Employing Minors

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

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

In West Virginia, work permits are required of minors ages 14 and 15 in gainful, nonhazardous occupations.

Provisions exist for the issuance of blanket work permits when 25 or more minors will be employed for 90 days or less.

Employers must keep work permits on file and accessible to child labor enforcement officers.

The superintendent of schools for the county where a minor resides is authorized to issue work permits. In special circumstances, the commissioner of labor has authority to issue supervision permits.

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