Work Permits

 

SUMMER WORK PERMIT PROCESSING 

 

If you received a work permit during the school year, it will be valid during the summer. Your employer can refer to the "School Not in Session" portion of the permit for the number of hours that you are allowed to work.

 

If you are requesting a NEW Work Permit during the summer, you will not need to have your work permit application signed by your school. All Work Permit requests are processed at the District office. 

 

Please follow the directions below to obtain a Work Permit:

 

  • You must have been hired for a job
  • Download a Work Permit Application (see below)
  • Complete the "Minor's Information" and "School Information" sections of the application.
  • Have your parent/guardian fill out the "Parent" section.
  • Take the application to the employer that hired you and have them fill out the "Employer" section. (Since the Work Permit is made out to your employer, we will NOT process applications without the EMPLOYER section filled out)
  • Carefully review your application to assure that everything is clear and legible.
  • Scan your application or take a picture of it. If you take a picture, please crop it so that only the application is visible.
  • Compose an email with your Name and Student ID# in the Subject box and attach a PDF/Picture of your completed work permit application; send it to the Work Permit office at [email protected]
 

Once received, your application will be processed within 4-5 business days and the Work Permit will be mailed to your home. If the status of your work permit is urgent, please let us know in your email. We will send you a temporary encrypted digital version of your work permit.

 

If you have any questions, please call (562) 698-8121, ext. 1061

 

Once received, your application will be processed within 4-5 business days and the Work Permit will be mailed to your home. If the status of your work permit is urgent, please let us know in your email. We will send you a temporary encrypted digital version of your work permit.

If you have any questions, please call (562) 698-8121, ext. 1060

 

Directions for work permits during the summer can be found at the following link:

https://www.wuhsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=750601&type=d&pREC_ID=1160110

 

Work Permit application

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a Work Permit?

A work permit is a legal document required by the state of California that allows a person under 18 years of age (minor) to hold a job. An employer who hires a minor must have the work permit on file at the business site before the minor may start the job. An employer risks getting a fine (like a traffic ticket) from a California Labor Department inspector if no work permit is on file for a minor employee. 

 

At what age can I get a Work Permit?

In most cases, students must be at least 14 years of age to get a work permit. Infants to 17-year-olds can get an ENTERTAINMENT WORK PERMIT (see below for application and instructions) to work in the movies, on television, or do modeling. Other than this, workers under 14 years of age may do babysitting, yard work, and paper routes that do not require work permits. Although 14 and 15-year-olds may get work permits, most employers will not hire students under age 16. This is because worker's compensation insurance usually does not cover workers under age 16. Worker's compensation insurance is a type of insurance employers are legally required to have that helps pay medical bills when workers get injured on the job.

 

To get or keep a Work Permit, must I attend school?

Yes! Requiring work permits for minors ensures that they stay in school and have parent or guardian permission to have a job. Without school attendance or permission from a parent or guardian, no work permit may be issued. If a student drops out of school, a work permit may still be obtained if he or she enrolls in continuation school, adult school, ROP (Regional Occupational Program), or community college classes.

 

Can a Work Permit be taken away?

Yes! The work permit can be canceled and taken away at any time by the California Labor Department inspector if he or she feels it is not in the best interest of the student to work at the job site. In addition, a work permit can be canceled at a parent or guardians request. Finally, a work permit can be canceled by the issuing authority (person who signed the work permit at the district) for a good reason. Good reasons for canceling a work permit include: student is continually absent or tardy to class, student is failing classes, student is not completing homework, student is sleeping in class, student is being asked to work during school time, or the job site is not safe.

 

How often do I need to get a Work Permit?

Each time a minor is hired for a new job, a new work permit must be obtained and given to the employer. In addition, all work permits expire shortly after school starts in September (or August). Therefore, even if you still work at the same job, you must get a new work permit application, complete it, get a new work permit, and give it to your employer. California lawmakers wanted to make sure that all working minors return to school for fall semester, so they decided to make work permits expire at the end of summer vacation so that working minors would have to report to school to get new work permits.

 

Do I need a Work Permit in the summer?

If you received a work permit during the school year, it will be valid even during the summer (have your employer refer to the "School Not in Session" portion of the permit). If you just got hired for the summer, you will need to apply for a Vacation work permit. (SEE ABOVE FOR CURRENT WORK PERMIT PROCESSING GUIDELINES)

 

In order to create a more effective process and to monitor the confidentiality of our students’ information, we will no longer require students’ Social Security numbers on their Work Permit application. Also, processed work permits will no longer be mailed out to the employers after being processed. Once you turn your Work Permit Application to the College Center/Guidance office you will need to pick up your completed work permit at the District office. Please scroll down and refer to #7 under “Work Permits – Frequently Asked Questions”.