Teens at Work: Facts for Employers,
Parents and Teens
Many Washington employers hire workers under the
age of 18 to work in restaurants, grocery stores and
offices, among other non-agricultural jobs.
This brochure answers many questions employers,
teen workers and parents have about non-agricultural
work rules, permits and conditions for working
minors. These requirements also apply to teens
working in their family’s non-agricultural business.
If you have questions this brochure does not
answer, visit www.Teenworkers.Lni.wa.gov,
e-mail TeenSafety@Lni.wa.gov or call your local
Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) office.
What does an employer have to do to
Post a current minor work permit endorsement
Employers are responsible for getting a minor
work permit endorsement for each
work site where they employ minors.
They can get one with the Master
Business License application.
This application can be obtained
through the Department of
Licensing or any L&I office.
The Master Business License
with current minor work permit
endorsement must be posted,
and renewed every year.
Keep specific information on file for each
An employer must have the following information
about each minor worker on file at the minor’s
Proof of age
A copy of one of the following is required:
Notarized statement from parent or
Name, address, date of birth and a copy of the
minor’s Social Security card.
Earliest and latest work hours, total number
of hours of work per week and a complete
description of duties.
A parent/school authorization form from each
L&I gives this form to the employer. It is also
available on L&I’s web site at www.Lni.wa.gov/
The parent/school authorization form must be
completed by the employer, signed by the parent/
guardian, and by a school representative if the
student is working during the school year