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LPSS not issuing work permits for students until further notice

Posted: 5:06 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 18:06:39-04
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Until further notice, the Lafayette Parish School System will no longer issue work permits. High school students seeking employment will need to have their employer complete the necessary paperwork, according to a release from the school board.

In response to the current COVID-19 event, the Louisiana Workforce Commission will begin issuing 60-day blanket Employment Certifications for employers desiring to employ minors in the state of Louisiana. Employment certificates issued due to this event will expire 60 days from the date of issuance. Upon expiration, employers will be required to obtain Employment Certificates as required pursuant to La. R.S. 23:181.

Employers desiring to obtain an Employment Certificate pursuant to this memo must submit a completed and signed "Application to Employ Minors under 18" along with proof of age to laborprograms@lwc.la.gov. The application can be downloaded from the LWC's website here. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Employers should allow three days for processing.

When the application has been approved, the employer will be notified via email from the LWC Office of Workforce Development. The names of those minors who are approved to work pursuant to the Employment Certificate will also be attached to the email. As indicated, blanket Employment Certificates are effective for a maximum of 60 days.

Blanket Employment Certificates are not transferable and certificates are required to be kept at the minor's work location.

Any questions should be directed to laborprograms@lwc.la.gov.

Additionally, LPSS will not issue Attendance Verification Forms for driver's licenses until the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles reopens its offices.