State document requirements for employing teens

May 12, 2014

Federal law sets the ground rules for employing teens, but state law controls the age at which they must obtain age certificates, working papers or parental consent letters and how long you must retain those documents. In states that don’t have retention periods, it’s to your advantage to make copies of teens’ papers and keep them, anyway. This information is summarized below. States that don’t have any requirements for summer employment aren’t listed.