How to Comply With Federal Teen-Labor Rules

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White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2007

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THE LAW. Teens are a great source of labor, especially during the summer. But the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets strict limits on the hours they can work and the jobs they can perform—and those limits are different during school months and non-school months. Some states also have their own laws.

WHAT’S NEW? Your risks of running afoul of the law have increased, and penalties can be harsh. A 2007 study by the National Institute of Occupationals Safety and Health (NIOSH) found a surprisingly high percentage of  teen employees who were working beyond the number of hours allowed by federal law, and also in jobs deemed too dangerous by law. This study will likely raise more interest among federal and state safety investigators in child-labor compliance.

Because youth employment swells in summer, many enforcement efforts are aimed ...(register to read more)

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