Question: Can we employ a minor who is age 16?

Answer: Yes, but there are restrictions on the employment of minors under the age of 18 that would apply in this case. You must acquire the required work permit before employing a minor. Permits are required year-round, even when school is not in session; they are issued in one school year and expire five days after a new school year begins. There are other restrictions on days of work and hours as well.

Employers must keep on file all Permits to Work and Permits to Employ, which must be open at all times for inspection by school authorities and officers of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Forms are available from the CA Department of Education.