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Whitmer vetoes bill to ease process for homeschooled teens to get a job

Teens must continue getting a work permit from a school they don’t attend
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Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 2:49 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Homeschooled teens who want a job still need to get permission from a school they likely don’t attend.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed House Bill 4063 this week, which would have allowed parents or guardians of homeschooled teens to sign work permits required for them to get a job. The permits are required for any minors before they can be hired to work outside the home.

Only public or private schools can issue work permits under Michigan’s Youth Employment Standards Act, so a homeschooled student needs to get a permit from a local school administrator before they can get a job.

“Home-educating parents know their children’s academic situations quite well and are totally qualified to issue work permits for them,” said Republican State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township, who sponsored the bill. “Unfortunately, Gov. Whitmer refused to cut red tape for home-educated students seeking job experience.”

The bill passed the Michigan House by a vote of 98-10 and the Senate by a vote of 27-9.

“My simple, common-sense plan to help home educators earned broad, bipartisan support in the Legislature, but the governor’s veto leaves unnecessary hurdles in the way of Michigan families,” Reilly said.

Whitmer has since released a statement with an explanation for this veto.

“Child labor laws are an essential part of a healthy society because they protect kids from the severe negative consequences caused by child labor exploitation, such as denial of educational opportunities and increased physical and mental health risks,” said Whitmer.

The governor goes on to explain that in order to protect Michigan kids, it is important that an independent school official evaluates work permits.

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