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 3:03 pm on May 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

I would like to know some issues involved with subcontracting work to one who is under the age of 18yrs.

There are many sharp programmers, designers, etc under the age of 18. I have found one who I would like to help with some programming.

How should I go about this?



 4:38 pm on May 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

The parents need to sign a disclaimer/release form before you can hire them. After that, you treat them just like any other employee (except, skip the 110weeks and limit it to 40 ;-) child labor laws...


 7:57 pm on May 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks for that.

What about the actual contract for work performed? If there is a dispute, is the contract null and void because he/she is a minor? or should I also have the legal guardian sign the contract?


 9:10 pm on May 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

There is a difference between regular employment, W-2, and independent contractor, 1099, with specific guidelines for which is which.

Does the minor live in the same state as you? Things do vary from state to state. I've always understood that a minor could not legally sign a contract; that it wasn't valid until they reach legal age.


 11:12 am on May 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Yes, I heard that also. Can anyone verify this? Would it make a difference if the parents signed the contract also? This would be an independent contractor.

I guess maybe you just have to trust that things will go smoothly.

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