LEGAL ISSUES AND WORK-BASED LEARNING

UNDER AGE WORKERS (UNDER 18)

Under certain controlled circumstances, high school students may be involved in paid work-based learning experiences. In North Carolina, these circumstances are determined and specified by the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Special provisions are allowed for student learners and apprentices under the current law.

The state restricts the employment of minors under age 18. There are restrictions on the number of hours worked within a day or week, and the specific evening hours that can be worked. Some occupations have job duties that are considered to be too hazardous for minors to perform. And all minors are required to have a current work permit in order to work.

Information about youth employment certificates (worker's permit) for underage workers can be found on the North Carolina Department of Labor website.

Child Labor information can be found on the Youth & Labor web page from the US Department of Labor as well as the Youth in the Workplace website from the US Department of Labor.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

It is recommended that school/district policies determine the need for a criminal background check for the individual who will serve as a work site mentor for students participating in work-based learning.