Thursday, March 6, 2008

Will you hire teenagers this summer?

According, to the U.S. Department of Labor, millions of teens seek part-time or summer jobs each year.

If so, you need to check out the Department of Labor’s online resource for teen workers: YouthRules!

IAAPA has partnered with the Department of Labor to promote YouthRules! as an easy-to-use source for information on child labor laws.

YouthRules! is a clearinghouse of information on federal and state regulations pertaining to employees under the age of 18. It is broken into sections for parents, teens, employers, and educators and addresses topics such as what kind of job a teenager can do, the hours he or she can work, and tips for preventing workplace injury.

The site also provides downloadable posters you can display in a break room or stickers to put on machinery, reminding employees they must be over 18 to operate.

As you complete your recruiting process, now is a great time to review labor laws, to make sure you’re in compliance. Do you know what jobs a 16-year-old legally can and cannot work? Does your state require a work permit for employees under 18? YouthRules! can help you answer these questions and more.

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