Summer vacation is around the corner, and many young people are lining
up summer jobs this month. As you would think, the US Department of Labor
has very specific rules concerning youth employment. Parents need to be
very careful that their kids aren’t being exploited out there in
the workforce, and may want to check with an
employment lawyer to make sure that all of the rules concerning youth employment are being
obeyed by the employers.
First– watch out for jobs that are more
dangerous than you may think.
Here are a few of the federal government’s rules, from a DOL handout:
14- and 15-Year-Olds Can Work:
Outside school hours
After 7 a.m. and until 7 p.m. (hours are extended to 9 p.m. June 1 through
Up to 3 hours on a school day
Up to 18 hours in a school week
Up to 8 hours on a non-school day
Up to 40 hours in a non-school week
Jobs Teens Can Perform
Teens 13 or younger can baby-sit, deliver newspapers, or work as an actor or performer.
14- and 15-year-olds may work in a variety of jobs including those located in offices, grocery
stores, retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, amusement parks, baseball
parks or gasoline service stations. However, they are prohibited from
working in jobs declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.
16- and 17-year-olds can work in any job that hasnt been declared hazardous. There are 17 hazardous
jobs young workers under the age of 18 are prohibited from doing. Some
of these jobs include mining, meat packing or processing, using power-driven
bakery machines or paper-product machines, roofing, and excavation operations.
Most driving is also prohibited.
Once a youth reaches 18 years of age, he or she is no longer subject to
the Federal youth employment laws.
Different rules apply to youth employed in agriculture. Different states,
including Georgia, may also have different laws. If you have any questions,
contact the employment lawyers at
The Buckley Law Firm.