Summer Work Expansion

We have been working with statewide organizations to advance this bill that will be crucial to summer employment. The Assembly Labor Committee favorably reports A-4222 Expanding summer working hours for minors as well as removes school districts from issuing working papers, establishing a centralized data base within the Department of Labor.

The bill’s provisions include:

  • Permanently expanding the work week for 16- and 17-year-olds from 40 to 50 hours
  • Allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to work up to 10 hours per day in the summer instead of up to 8 hours per day
  • Adding more flexibility to break requirements
  • Allowing a one-time parent opt-out from working late summer hours
  • Making some of these requirements take effect immediately

The bill also replaces a cumbersome and antiquated working paper process per job with a one-time, online authorization system that is easier for minors and employers to navigate.

It removes school and doctor permission requirements, as New Jersey is the only state that requires both. It also creates an advisory council with parents and employers to oversee the new process.

Read the full statement on this new bill here

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