Help With Summer Help

Jun 19, 2014

As business picks up for your business over the summer, you may be considering adding summer- help to your payroll.  Hiring teens is a great way to increase your productivity while providing new experiences to a future member of our workforce.


Please make sure you know the rules...


State Requirements

Many states require age verification at a minimum for hiring those under age 18.  Please check here to view your state’s requirements: http://www.dol.gov/whd/state/certification.htm


With little exception, employers may not hire minors younger than 14. The U.S. Department of Labor has adopted strict standards for the hours that employees age 14 and 15 can legally work. Between June 1 and Labor Day, teens younger than 16 may work between 7 a.m and 9 p.m.

(During the school year, teens younger than 16 may only work between the hours of 7 a.m and 7 p.m., and never required to work during school hours. Teens age 14 and 15 may work no more than three hours on a school day and 18 hours in a school week, and no more than eight hours on a non-school day and 40 hours during weeks that school is not in session.)

Challenges & Benefits to You

Teenage workers without a work history may require close supervision, more instruction and repetition to learn a task than their adult counterparts. Help them develop good working habits by encouraging them to ask questions and always request assistance when necessary. Be patient and stress the primary importance of safety on the job.  Do not allow teen employees to perform any workplace functions determined unsafe by the U.S. Department of Labor, including loading or unloading trucks, operating heavy equipment or working at a height greater than 10 feet above the ground.  If you are in the construction business, please contact us for specific guidance on the dos & don’ts.

Please contact us if you need any guidance in hiring teens for your business.

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