Listed below are some quick and easy rules to keep in mind when hiring youths.
No one under the age of 14 may be hired under ANY circumstances.
PROCESS for hiring youth at UNH:
- Hiring supervisor completes the “Youth Employment Request Form”. UNH Human Resources approval is required before a department hires youth under the age of 16.
- Youths 14 and 15 years old must provide "State of New Hampshire Employer's Request for Child Labor" form signed by the employer and taken to school department.
- Youths 16 and 17 years old must provide the "State of New Hampshire Proof of Permission for the Employment of a Youth age 16 or 17" form permitting employment. Exception: A youth age 16 or 17 who has graduated from high school or obtained a general equivalency diploma (GED) does not need permission from a parent or legal guardian.
- Youths 14-17 years old who are working or volunteering in a UNH Youth Program must provide two letters of reference. See reference form for further instructions.
- For youth who may be exposed to a high hazard area, the "Children in High Hazard Areas" form is to be completed. A completed, signed copy is to be submitted to: UNH Human Resources Office, and UNH Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
NOTE: Youth Employment Certificates are obtained from the youth's school system and forwarded by the hiring department or BSC to UNH Human Resources.
Effective August 15, 1998, the New Hampshire Department of Labor changed the Youth Employment Law. See RSA 267-A and New Hampshire Administrative Rule Chapter Lab 1000 Youth Employment. The requirement for work certificates for 16 and 17 year old youths was eliminated; however, the requirement that employers must maintain on file a written document signed by the youth's parent or legal guardian permitting the employment was added (parental permission not required if the youth has graduated from high school or obtained a general equivalency diploma).
Work certificates provided by the youth's school system and signed by the parent or legal guardian are still required for 14 and 15 year old youths.