FAQs

Am I old enough to work?
Legally you are able to work at age 14.

When do I need a work permit?
A work permit is required if you are between 14 and 16.

Where do I get a work permit?
You can usually get a work permit through your high school. If your high school does not offer this service, ask your guidance counselor which high school in your area does.

How much is minimum wage?
Minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Jobs where you are likely to receive tips can pay less if the tips plus salary will equal the minimum wage.

Where can I find more information on Child Labor Laws?
Visit the following website for more details: http://www.doli.virginia.gov/laborlaw/laborlaw_faqs_childlaborlawp1.html

What are my legal rights?
Discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief is illegal. NO employer can use these reasons to keep you from getting a job, treating you differently on the job, or firing you from your job.

Additionally, if you feel you are being harassed in a sexual manner on a job, report it immediately to your parents, your counselor, your teacher, or another adult you trust.