2018 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Chapter 2
Section 34:2-21.15 - Street trade; agricultural pursuits; ages when permitted; special permits; newspaper carriers

Section: 34:2-21.15: Street trade; agricultural pursuits; ages when permitted; special permits; newspaper carriers

Except as hereinafter provided as to newspaper carriers, no minor under 14 years of age may engage in any street trade, which term, for the purpose of this section shall include the selling, offering for sale, soliciting for, collecting for, displaying, or distributing any articles, goods, merchandise, commercial service, posters, circulars, newspapers or magazines or in blacking shoes on any street or other public place or from house to house. No minor under 12 years of age may be employed in agricultural pursuits. Whenever a minor has graduated from vocational school, approved by the Commissioner of Education and is 17 years of age, the minor's diploma or certified copy thereof and an employment certificate mailed to the employer by the issuing officer shall be deemed a special permit to engage in those pursuits in which the minor majored in said vocational school during those hours permitted for persons 18 years of age and over. Except as hereinafter provided as to newspaper carriers, whenever a minor under 16 years of age desires to work during such times as the schools of the district in which the minor resides are not in session in any street trade or in agricultural pursuits, the parent, guardian or other person having the custody and control of the minor may file with the issuing officer in the school district in which the minor resides an application for a special permit authorizing such work. Such application shall show the exact character of the work the minor is to do, and the hours and wages and special conditions under which said work is to be performed. If upon investigation it is found that the facts set forth in the application are true and that the work will not interfere with the minor's health or standing in school, the issuing officer shall, upon presentation to the issuing officer of the same proof of age as is required for the issuance of an employment certificate, issue a special permit, allowing the minor to work at such times as the public schools in the district are not in session, but such work except in agricultural pursuits, and as newspaper carriers, to be otherwise subject to the maximum hours of labor provisions set for minors under 16 years of age in section 3 of this act; provided, that nothing in this act shall prevent newspaper carriers as defined in this act, between 11 and 14 years of age, from delivering, soliciting, selling and collecting for newspapers on routes in residential neighborhoods between the hours of 6:00 o'clock in the morning and 7:00 o'clock in the evening of any day; and newspaper carriers 14 years of age and older from delivering, soliciting, selling and collecting for newspapers on routes in residential neighborhoods between the hours of 5:30 o'clock in the morning and 8:00 o'clock in the evening of any day; and provided further that no newspaper carrier under the age of 18 years shall be permitted to engage in such occupation beyond the period of time wherein the combined hours devoted to said occupation as a newspaper carrier and the hours in school shall exceed a total of 40 hours per week and not more than 8 hours in any 1 day; and provided, further, that minors engaged in agricultural pursuits may be employed no more than 10 hours per day. Such special permit shall show the name, address, and date of birth of the minor for whom it is issued, the kind of proof of age submitted, the nature of the occupation in which the minor is to engage, and such other information as the commissioner of Education may require. Any such special permit for work in agriculture shall be issued for a period not to exceed 6 months and shall show its date of expiration. Any person employing a minor under 16 years of age in agriculture shall obtain such a certificate from the minor and keep it on file during the period of the minor's employment and shall return it to the minor to whom it is issued upon termination of the minor's employment. Upon application by the parent, guardian or other person having custody and control of a newspaper carrier as defined in this act, between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age, to the publisher of any newspaper in this State and upon receiving satisfactory proof of age and a signed statement of physical fitness, such publisher may issue to such newspaper carrier a special permit on a form prescribed and approved by the Commissioner of Education, whereby the newspaper carrier shall be permitted to deliver, solicit, sell and collect for newspapers outside of the newspaper carrier's school hours on residential routes, and on Sundays and during school vacations and no other employment certificate shall be required. Such special permit shall show the name, address and date of birth of the newspaper carrier for whom it is issued, and such other information as the Commissioner of Education may require. The publisher shall forthwith mail 3 copies of such special permit to the issuing officer as defined in section 1 of this act, one of which copies shall be forwarded to the Commissioner of Education and one copy to the Commissioner of Labor and Industry in such manner as may be provided by regulation of said commissioners. A copy of such special permit shall also be furnished by the publisher to the parent, guardian or other person having custody and control of the newspaper carrier and the publisher shall retain at all times a file copy thereof. The special permit shall remain in full force and effect unless and until the publisher has knowledge of or is notified by the issuing officer or the Commissioner of Labor and Industry that the newspaper carrier is not physically fit or that in the opinion of the issuing officer or the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, engaging in the occupation as a newspaper carrier will be harmful to the newspaper carrier's education. In such case, the said special permit shall be suspended unless and until the issuing officer shall revoke said notification. In the event of such notification and suspension, however, if either the parent, guardian or other person having custody and control of the newspaper carrier or the publisher shall deem such decision to be erroneous, an appeal may be made to the Commissioner of Education who shall have authority to affirm, reverse or modify such decision of the issuing officer or the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. The publisher shall keep a record of the name, address and birth date of each newspaper carrier to whom such special permit is issued; the date said newspaper carrier commenced and ceased delivering newspapers published by said publisher together with a record of the number of newspapers sold to each newspaper carrier and a general description of the area of the route served by each newspaper carrier. Such records shall be kept on file by said publisher for a period of 2 years after the newspaper carrier has ceased delivering newspapers published by said publisher. The special permit shall remain in full force and effect unless and until the publisher is notified by the issuing officer or the Commissioner of Labor and Industry that the newspaper carrier is not physically fit or that the newspaper carrier's school record is such that engaging in the occupation of a newspaper carrier will be harmful to the newspaper carrier's education. In such case, however, if either the parent, guardian or other person having custody and control of the newspaper carrier or the publisher shall deem such decision to be erroneous, an appeal may be made to the Commissioner of Education who shall have authority to reverse or modify such decision of the issuing officer or the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. L.1940, c. 153, p. 341, s. 15. Amended by L.1964, c. 288, s. 5; L.1965, c. 3, s. 2; L.1970, c. 115, s. 1, eff. June 26, 1970; L.1980, c. 90, s. 1; L.1981, c. 490, s. 1, eff. Jan. 12, 1982.

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