An OGA member recently asked us if there was still a need to obtain work permits for minors given that school is out.
Here is the response we received from the Ohio Department of Commerce:
If a minor has all of the necessary paperwork completed and is not able to get the permit processed due to school closure, then the completed paperwork can stand in the place of the physically printed permit. The business should keep the paperwork on file, just like they would the permit. The formal permit should be processed as soon as the school is reopened.
As a reminder, hour restrictions in ORC 4109 are still in place for any week that was not a preplanned school holiday (i.e., spring break) and the prohibited/hazardous occupation restrictions are still active. At this time, the Department is not easing any minor labor hour restrictions.