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Rhode Island Child Labor Laws - What you should know En Espanol


group of studentsDID 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.

What jobs can you do?

Permitted Jobs include:

Office and clerical work, including operation of office machines

Cashiering, selling, modeling art work,
work in advertising departments, window trimming and
comparative shopping

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
milkshake blenders

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.








When can you work?

If you're 14 or 15 you cannot work:

EXCEPTION - An exception is provided for minors
employed pursuant to a Work Experience and Career
Exploration Program (WECEP).

If you're 16-17, you cannot work:

EXCEPTION - There are no hour limitations during school
vacations. There are no limitations on hours or a curfew for
16 and 17 year olds who have left school.

Forms and Resources

If you are under 18 and work in Rhode Island, you MAY need a Certificate of Age form.

If you are under 16, you MUST have a Special Limited Permit to Work form.

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 Certificate, 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.


> RI Child Labor Law Poster and Pamphlet

> Ready to Work? Understanding R's Child Labor Laws Brochure | En Espagnol

> Youthworks411

> Youth RULES


Prohibited Occupations

Prohibited Hazardous Occupations
FOR ALL MINORS Under the Age of 18

Production and storage of explosives
Coal mining
Logins and saw milling
Power-driven woodworking machines
Exposure to radioactive substances
Power-driven hoisting apparatus
Power-driven metal-forming, punching and shearing machines
Slaughtering or meat packing, processing or rending
Power-driven meat slicer
Pow-driven bakery machines
Manufacturing brick, tile and kindred products
Power-driven circular saws, band saws and guillotine shears
Wrecking demolition and ship breaking operations
Roofing operations
Excacation operations

Prohibited Hazardous Occupations

Any Manufacturing or Mining job
Processing occupations; filleting fish, dressing poultry, cracking nuts or laundering
Occupations with duties in workplaces where goods are manufactured, mined or processed
Public messenger service
Operating or tending of hoisting apparatus or of any power-driven machinery (other than office machines and machines in retail food service and establishments
Occupations found and declared hazardous by official designation
Occupations in connection with:
1. Transportation of persons or property by rail, highway, air, on water, pipeline or other means
2. Warehousing and Storage
3. Communication and Public Utilities
4. Construction (including repair)
EXCEPT Office and sales work in connection with these four categories as long as such work if not performed at the site of the prohibited jobs
Dispensing gasoline or other fuel
Docks, private or public
Parking lot attendants
Car Washes, either hand or machine
Occupations in billiard or poolrooms
Any work in a tunnel
Any work in a boiler or engine room
Outside window washing
All work using ladders or scaffolds
Work in freezers or meat coolers




































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