DID YOU KNOW..... If you are under age 16 and work in Rhode Island, you NEED a Special Limited Permit to Work form to work!
If you are a Rhode Island employer and you hire a minor, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep a Certificate of Age form or a Special Limited Permit to Work form for all of your employees who are under the age of 18.
In Rhode Island, you may not obtain a permit to work
unless you are at least 14 years old.
There are state, as well as federal laws, that regulate the employment of minors. This information is designed to answer questions about the hours and types of occupations that minors may work as well as explain how to obtain permits and certificates that are needed to comply with the laws. Following the rules and restrictions will ensure that Rhode Island's youth will be able to work and earn in safe environments while furthering their education and obtaining work experience.
Office and clerical work, including operation of office machines
Cashiering, selling, modeling art work,
work in advertising departments, window trimming and
Price marketing and tagging by hand or by machine,
assembling orders, packing and shelving
Bagging and carrying out customers’ orders
Errand and delivery work by foot, bicycle and public transport
Cleanup work, including the use of vacuum cleaners and
non-commercial floor waxers, and maintenance of grounds,
but not including the use of power-driven mowers or cutters
Kitchen work and other work involved in preparing and serving
food and beverages, including the operation of machines and
devices used in the performance of such work, such as,
dishwashers, toasters, dumbwaiters, popcorn poppers and
Cleaning vegetables and fruits, and wrapping, sealing, labeling,
weighing, pricing and stocking goods when performed in areas
physically separate from areas where meat is prepared for sale,
and from outside freezers or meat coolers.
EXCEPTION - An exception is provided for minors
employed pursuant to a Work Experience and Career
Exploration Program (WECEP).
EXCEPTION - There are no hour limitations
vacations. There are no limitations on hours or a curfew for
16 and 17 year olds who have left school.
Rhode Island employers who hire minors 14-15 MUST fill out the Intention to Employ A Minor form. For minors 16-17, employers MAY need to fill out this same form:
Employers: If you are an employer in Rhode Island and you hire a minor, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep a Special Limited Permit to Work form for all your employees under 16 years of age, and a Certificate of Age form for minors under 18, if one is obtained.
Once the minor's Certificate of Age or Special Limited Permit to Work form is completed, it is important for the employer to keep a copy at the place of business. This serves as the proof of age of minor employees.
Youth: If you are 16-17 and want to work in Rhode Island, you MAY need the to fill out the Certificate of Age Form
If you are under 14-15 and want to work in Rhode Island, you MUST have the following form, as it is mandatory: Special Limited Permit to Work
Once you receive a copy of your Intent to Employ a Minor form, take it, along with a copy of your Birth Cerificate, Baptismal Certificate, Passport, School Records or Drivers License to the School Department in the city/town where you live, and they will issue you either a Special Limited Permit to Work or a Certificate of Age form.
Contact Labor Standards by telephone at (401) 462-8550 or email DLT.LaborStandards@dlt.ri.gov
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