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School-to-Work FAQ

Can a youth work at a hazardous occupation under either of these programs?

Do all businesses have to be pre-screened by the Department of Labor prior to a student being sent to the business location for no pay?

Do all programs such as internships, job shadowing, or mentor programs have to be approved by the Department of Labor?

How do I find out if a business has already been approved by the Department of Labor?

How long is the approval good for a business?

What does the Department of Labor check for when prescreening a business?

What is the difference between a co-op form and an approval form for non-paid work based activities?

Who sends forms to the Department of Labor for co-ops or non-paid work-based activities?

back to topCan a youth work at a hazardous occupation under either of these programs?

Yes, if the student is enrolled in a building trade, co-op program, apprenticeship or approved School-to-Work program under close supervision and if proper safety training is conducted and the hazardous work is incidental to training, intermittent and for short periods of time.

back to topDo all businesses have to be pre-screened by the Department of Labor prior to a student being sent to the business location for no pay?

Yes (RSA 279:22-aa; New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 805.03 Application Evaluated).

back to topHow do I find out if a business has already been approved by the Department of Labor?

All approved businesses are posted on our web site. Pre-Approved Work Sites.

back to topDo all programs such as internships, job shadowing, or mentor programs have to be approved by the Department of Labor?

Only when there is no pay or a sub-minimum rate of pay. When a student is working for practical experience and not being paid, it has to be approved by the Labor Commissioner (RSA 279:22-aa).

back to topHow long is the approval good for a business?

One year from time of approval.

back to topWhat does the Department of Labor check for when prescreening a business?

Items listed in New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter LAB 805.04 Approval or Rejection.

back to topWhat is the difference between a co-op form and an approval form for non-paid work-based activities?

Students in a co-op are getting paid. In a non paid work based activity program, they are not.

back to topWho sends forms to the Department of Labor for co-ops or non-paid work-based activities?

Schools, employers, sheltered workshop or post secondary student.


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