206: Employment of Minors


Georgetown University has established guidelines concerning the employment of individuals under age 18.  The guidelines apply to student employees and to other minors under 18 years of age.  The law prohibits employment of minors under age 14. Georgetown has also established rules for the Protection of Minors, including employees under age 18. Please see the University Protection of Minors Policy, UHR 1018, for more information. 


The University will adhere to applicable laws concerning employment of minors.  Supervisors will ensure that: 

  • employment is not detrimental to the minor’s health or welfare
  • the minor will be adequately supervised; and
  • employment does not interfere with the minor’s education.


Laws and Regulations 
This policy outlines legal requirements under federal and state law that generally apply to employment of minors in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  While federal law applies in all cases, the location of the job site determines which state laws may apply. 

Work Permit 
Before employment, minors under age 18 (age 16 in Virginia) must obtain a work permit from the school district in which the job site is located.  Work permit procedures vary according to age: 

  • 16 or 17 year olds—The University department must complete an Intention to Employ card, indicating the type of work the individual will perform, the work schedule, and the hours per week.  The individual must take the completed card, together with a birth certificate or other proof of age, to the appropriate school or work permit office (in the jurisdiction where the job site is located).
  • 14 or 15 year olds—The individual must follow the same procedure as listed for 16 or 17 year olds.  In addition, a 14 or 15 year old may be required by applicable state law to provide a letter of consent from a parent or guardian and a health clearance from a physician.

Departments employing a minor must submit the work permit along with other hiring documents to the appropriate Human Resources department.  Work permits will be kept on file by Human Resources and will be available for inspection by authorized individuals. 

Hours of Work 
The following restrictions apply to the number of hours per day or week that a minor may work:  

Hours of Work
School Schedule Age(s) State Maximum hours per day or week
School days 14, 15 All Non school hours; 3 hrs/day and 18 hrs/week
Non school days 14, 15 All

8 hrs/day and 40 hrs/week

6 consecutive days
All days 16, 17 MD

12 hrs/day (work plus school time)

8 hrs/day, 6 consecutive days/week; 48 hrs/week

In addition, there are limitations on the work schedule starting and ending times for minors:  

Starting and ending times
Age(s) State Work Times
14, 15 All 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
16, 17 DC 6:00 am tp 10:00 pm

Lunch Periods 
Virginia and Maryland require that minors be given a one-half hour lunch period for every five hours worked. 

Occupational Restrictions 
Employers may not employ minors to perform certain job tasks.  Restrictions vary by jurisdiction; however, examples of prohibited tasks include: 

  • working on scaffolding
  • using toxic chemicals or gases
  • operating power machinery (except office equipment)


Supervisors are responsible for complying with this policy when employing minors.


For more information concerning employment of minors, and for additional details concerning occupational restrictions, contact the appropriate Human Resources department.