The East Tennessee State University has adopted the following policy concerning age restrictions and conditions of employment.
No person under the age of sixteen (16) may be employed by the university.
Minors who are sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) may be employed under the following conditions:
Minors must not be employed in connection with the following;
The provisions of this policy shall not apply to any minor who:
is sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years of age and not enrolled in school, or is lawfully excused from compulsory school attendance under Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49- 6-3005.
Copies of documents to support this exception must be in the minor's personnel record maintained by the Office of Human Resources.
This is the exemption covering the JTPA program:
A minor may be employed if he/she is an enrollee in a public employment program which is conducted or funded by the federal government, provided that the employer (JTPA director) has on file in his/her personnel records an unrevoked written statement from a representative of the federal agency administering that program certifying the enrollment of said minor in the program.
Before any minor shall be employed, the university shall obtain from the minor a verification of age by requiring the minor to provide the university with a copy of the minor's birth certificate, or other available evidence such as a baptismal certificate or passport. A valid verification of age shall be conclusive evidence of the age of the minor to whom it is issued.
Under certain official university programs designed to attract students at an early age to the health sciences or other fields, individuals under the age of 16 may be employed in those educational programs on a term or summer basis with written approval by the University President or his/her designee. All prohibited activities specified in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and those requirements of the State of Tennessee Child Labor Law must be observed.