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34 Pa. Code § 17.18. Child labor.

§ 17.18. Child labor.

 (a)  Minors 15 years of age or under may not be employed in industrial homework. A minor between 16 and 18 may be employed in this work if it does not interfere with school attendance. The hours spent in school shall be considered as part of the working day or week. A minor 17 years of age or younger may not be employed for more than 44 hours a week, nor more than 8 hours per day.

 (b)  A minor 17 years of age or younger may not be employed without an employment certificate which shall be kept on file by the employer.

 (c)  General employment certificates are required when children between 16 and 18 are employed all the time.

 (d)  Vacation employment certificates are required when minors 16 to 18 work at any time except when they are required to attend school.

 (e)  Employment certificates may be issued only by the district superintendent, supervising principal or secretary of the board of school directors or other school official, deputized in writing by any of the other school officials authorized by law to issue certificates.

 (f)  Before an employment certificate is issued the prospective employer shall make a statement in writing that he expects to give employment to a minor applying for the certificate.

 (g)  Employers shall acknowledge in writing, to the issuing officer, receipt of an employment certificate within 3 days after the minor has begun working.

 (h)  Upon termination of employment, the employer shall return the employment certificate by mail to the issuing school official.

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