Can minors be hired on as independent contractors?

Asked on December 14, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The legal age to work, as either an employee or independent contractor is determined by the type of work to be done. So for example, a minor may deliver newspapers; perform in theatrical productions (TV, movies, etc.); work in businesses owned by their parents (except hazardous jobs); and perform babysitting or minor chores around a private home, etc. Bottom line, a minor can be employed as an independent contractor so long as they work in a type of job that is "legal" for that age group.

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