Procedures for schools regarding Worker's Permits
All students wishing to obtain a Worker's permit for employment must check with the Guidance office to obtain the paperwork needed to bring to 'prospective employers.' This paperwork will provide all the information needed to complete the final process of filling out the permit at the Superintendent's Office. If calls are received at the Superintendent's office regarding the procedures for obtaining a permit, they will be directed to check with the Guidance office of the school the child attends. Along with the paperwork they should be provided a copy of the Maine Department of Labor and Standards, Child Labor Laws, this can answer legal requirements for the parents.
Children and Parent's will need to know the importance of the following items:
- Definition of a 'Promise of a job', some parents do not understand that in the process, there needs to be a job listed on the permit and not to have a permit before looking for a job.
- A copy of birth certificate is required.
- Social Security number is needed and once put on the form any copy of card will be shredded.
- If a student has an outstanding permit with the State and applies for a new permit during the school year, we need to know so that we can return the outstanding one with the new one or it will be returned and denied.
- If a guardian or step-parent accompanies the child to the Superintendent's office to sign the permit, they will need official papers of guardianship or permission from birth parent, or again the permit will be sent back and denied.
- The approval from the principal will need to be on the paperwork or it will delay the process. This pertains to question #7 on the permit and will not be checked until all paperwork is complete and approved. This is required while school is in session.
As each school year end approaches and summer vacation will start, the process of applying for a permit will become very busy for the State Department of Labor and Standards and for the approval process. The turn around time may take a little longer so it is important that parents and children fully understand what it takes to make this process as easy as possible for all involved.
Form: Procedure for Schools, Worker's Permit 05/04/2010