You can get a job without your parents’ permission as soon as you turn 15. You can work when you are younger than 15 if you and your parents follow certain requirements.
If you are between 12 and 14 years old, your parent or guardian has to give an employer written permission to hire you. That’s because parents and guardians need to know where their child will be working and whether the hours and type of work are suitable for you. Parents and guardians are responsible for finding out if the proposed job meets your best interests and will not negatively affect your social, physical or educational needs. Parents should read this factsheet: Employment of Young People – A Guide for Parents. If you are under 12 years old, see the Ministry of Labour factsheet on the Employment of Young People.
If you are 12 to 14 years old, anyone who hires you must follow these work conditions:
Last reviewed: March 2016
IMPORTANT: This page provides legal information, not legal advice. If you need legal advice consult a lawyer.
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