University of Washington departments may employ minors (children ages 14-17) in compliance with U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regulations. When departments hire UW students who are under 18 years old, all minor employment policies apply.
Hiring officials are responsible for being aware of and complying with the DOL standards and L&I child labor laws. Where U.S. Department of Labor and Washington State Department of Labor & Industries differ, the stricter standard applies.
UW students who are 16- and 17-year-old minors may work as permitted during school vacation but they must adhere to the UW policy that limits their work to 19.5 hours maximum per week when school is in session.
Children between 14 and 17 years of age are minors, and their employment is governed by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) and the U.S. Department of Labor. Limited exceptions, such as for actors/performers, are possible for children under 14.
as well as the consequences of not complying, such as
Hiring a minor is the same as filling any other temporary position and requires the following:
The University maintains a general work permit exemption as a Washington state institution and public employer. UW departments do not need to apply for individual state minor work permits.