Legal News

Changes to the Youth Employment Requirements

According to an Inspector at the New Hampshire Department of Labor, an Employment Certificate is only required for youth under age 16. They may only perform jobs which are on the approved list. Youth age 16 and 17 do not require an Employment Certificate, and may perform any job which is not disallowed.Anyone under age 18 is subject to restricted work hours, and may not work during the public school day regardless of their method of schooling unless they have graduated high school.If you have any questions about whether or not a job is allowed or disallowed, or any other topic related to youth employment in New Hampshire, please call (603) 271-0127.

Parents authorizing a NH Youth Employment Certificate for their own children should fill out the appropriate form and keep a copy for their records; additionally, one copy must be kept on file by the employer, and one copy should be mailed to:
NH Department of Labor
PO Box 2076
Concord, NH 03302-2076
An official triplicate form may be obtained from your local school district or directly from the New Hampshire Department of Labor.

What if Your Student Has Graduated Homeschool High School But Is Younger Than Age 18?

If your student has finished high school but is younger than 18, you must certify high school completion with the New Hampshire Department of Education. Send a letter to the Commissioner of Education at the Department of Education. No homeschooling notification or evaluation is required for students enrolled full-time in college (“an accredited post-secondary education program”). We have provided a sample letter.

Home Education Advisory Council

The Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC) meets monthly to discuss homeschooling issues. Established by RSA 193-A (home education law), the HEAC exists to carry out duties assigned to it by the Commissioner of Education, and to advise the Commissioner and State Board of Education about issues facing home educators in New Hampshire.
The Council –
includes representatives of:
homeschooling organizations in New Hampshire; currently NHHC (NH Homeschooling Coalition), CHENH (Christian Home Educators of NH), and CUHE (Catholics United for Home Education) have representatives on the Council
NH Legislature
NH Department of Education
NH School Boards Association
NH School Administrators Association (Superintendents)
NH Association of School Principals
Nonpublic Schools Advisory Council
meets in Concord monthly September through June
establishes common ground and maintains communication between education institutions and home educators
works to find solutions to problems before they escalate to the level of needing hearings, court, or legislative remedies
can hear grievances and make recommendations to the Commissioner
drafts language for Ed 315, Administrative Rules for Home Education, which clarify the details of RSA 193-A and have the force of law. The Council recommends rules changes to the NH Board of Education which approves them.

The Council gives NH homeschoolers a voice at the Department of Education, helps legislators on education committees understand the breadth and depth of home education, and allows us to participate in the rulemaking process. The council is also a way to allow home educators to understand the challenges faced by the state and school district officials who serve us. It provides an effective venue for solving problems that are difficult to solve at the local level.

In 2009 the House Education Committee tried to insert egregious language into RSA 193-A. Those bills were defeated in the legislature due to the action of 1,000+ homeschoolers who showed up at the State House to testify against it. At that point the Chair of the House Education Committee tried to insert the same language into Ed 315. It was due to the watchful eye of Council members that this subversion of the political process was avoided.

If you want to be informed of homeschooling issues and lend support to our representatives, attend a meeting. The HEAC meets on the second Thursday of the month, 3:30-5:00, room 15, Department of Education (there are no meetings in July and August). If you have questions about the HEAC, please contact the Chair, Amy Gall, (603) 838-5081, Check at the Department of Education website.  Visitors are not allowed to participate in Council discussion unless given special permission.