The U.S. Labor Department unveiled new limitations on the type of responsibilities you can hand teen employees in certain industries. The new regulations, which take effect Feb. 14, revise child-labor rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The changes essentially add more jobs to the list of work activities that the agency now deems "too hazardous" for teens.
Among the changes, the rules alter the types of on-the-job cooking-related duties that 14- and 15-year-olds can perform. Plus, it explains the rules relating to when 16- and 17-year-olds can work with explosives, perform job-related driving, do roofing jobs and work with paper balers or compactors.
To see the final rule changes, go to www.dol.gov/esa/regs/fedreg/final/
2004027182.htm. For a primer on child-labor laws, visit the Labor De-partment's Youth Rules site at www.youthrules.dol.gov.