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May 3, 2013

School’s Reluctance Nearly Costs Teen a Job


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in New Jersey. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

An HSLDA member recently found herself between the proverbial rock and a hard place when she went to get an employment certificate for her teenage daughter.

New Jersey employers must keep employment certificates on file for workers under age 18. And only public school officials can issue a certificate.

HSLDA member G.L. went to her local high school to get a certificate for her daughter for a job opportunity that was only days away. Although she had properly filled out the form, the school official refused to sign it. The official said she would not issue a certificate for a student who didn’t attend the public school. She suggested instead that G.L. get a certificate from her homeschool group!

A Reminder

Determined to resolve the situation before the clock ran out, G.L. contacted HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Attorney Tj Schmidt immediately called the official. He reminded her that it was her duty to issue employment certificates to homeschool students living within the school district boundaries. The next morning he received a call back from the official's supervisor promising to look into the situation.

Within hours, the official apologized to G.L. and invited her to return to complete her daughter's certificate.

This time the official issued the certificate without a hitch. G.L’s daughter went to her final job interview with everything she needed, and is now happily employed.

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