Division of Regulation
Employers who hire minors must display a poster in a conspicuous place on the property or place of employment notifying them of the Child Labor Law. Child labor posters may be obtained through this website by accessing Child Labor Laws Poster or by calling Child Labor Compliance at 1.800.226.2536.
Other Florida and Federal posting requirements can be obtained through the Agency for Workforce Innovation at: www.floridajobs.org/workforce/posters.html.
Employers are required to keep waiver authorizations, proof of age documentation, and proof of exemption from minor status for all employees who are under 18. These records must be maintained for the duration of the minor’s employment. Unless exempt from the FLSA, the records must be kept until the minor turns 19.
Parental Permission to Hire
Employers are not required by law to have permission from the parents to employ their minor child. However, we strongly encourage employers to include parents in the process.
"Work Permits" and/or "Working Papers" are not required in Florida and are not issued by either the schools or any governmental agency in Florida. Please see Waivers.
Minors are limited in the hours they may work to permit them to attend and complete their educational responsibilities. Please access Hour Limitations for a summary of work hour limitations for minors.
Minors may work no more than 4 consecutive hours without a 30-minute uninterrupted break.
Minors are exempt from the hour limitations of the Child Labor Law if they have been married, graduated from an accredited high school or hold a high school equivalency diploma, served in the military, have been authorized by a court order, or been issued a partial waiver by the public school or the Child Labor Program.
Minors are limited in the types of occupations they may perform for safety reasons. Please access Prohibited Occupations for the listing.
Each year minors suffer injuries in the workplace. For information that could help reduce injuries, please review our site at Safety Information and visit additional safety sites for more information.
The Florida Child Labor Law is designed to serve and protect minors and to encourage them to remain in school. At times, however, some minors feel that the law conflicts with their best interest or that their life circumstances are such that they need to work. Minors have the right to request that the Child Labor Office exempt them from parts of the Child Labor Law. For detailed information on waivers please access Waivers.
For a copy of the Partial Waiver Application and instructions, go to the top of the page and key on “APPLY FOR A LICENSE”. Double click the “Check here to” box. This will take you to the Application Center and the Child Labor applications.
Suggestions to Employers Regarding the Waiver Process
Employers can be instrumental in assisting minors in applying for partial waivers of Child Labor Law by following these suggestions:
•Have the application on hand, download the application, or call 800.226.2536 (interstate) or 850.488.3131 for a mailed copy. You can make as many copies of the application as you like.
• You can assist the minor in completing the application and determining what supportive documentation is necessary. The required supportive documentation is on the instruction sheet (second page).
• You can fax the completed application and the appropriate supportive documentation to this office. Our fax number is 850.487.4928. We can return the completed waiver to you by fax, if you annotate the request on the fax and provide us with the fax number on your cover sheet.
The waiver must be approved before the minor can work the hours authorized by the waiver. Please ensure that the minor receives a copy, as it is his/her waiver. Waivers are valid for either one year or until the minor turns eighteen, whichever comes first. You are also required to keep a copy of the minor’s waiver in your file.
Employment of minors in violation of Florida child labor laws may result in fines up to $2,500 per offense and/or be guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor.
Employers who have an interest in learning more about Florida’s child labor law may request training by contacting the Bureau of Child Labor at 1.800.226.2536.
A self-assessment instrument that allows you to evaluate your compliance efforts with the child labor law and an action plan with self-help corrective measures to bring you into compliance. Please access Employer_Self_Assessment Guide.