An employer must not employ a school-aged or young child until they have obtained a parent's consent form or special circumstances certificate authorising the child to perform work. The form must be signed by the child's parent and include information for the employer about the hours when the child is required to be at school. A new form must be completed when those hours change. The employer must keep the signed consent form on file.
If a school-aged child does not have a parent or if the child is living independently from his/her parent, the child can apply for a special circumstances certificate. This certificate authorises the child to work when not required to attend school.