Summer Jobs for Teens
July 21st, 2017
Summertime is prime time for some great part-time jobs for teens. It’s a great way for teens to stay busy over the summer, develop responsibility and communication skills, while earning a little spending money. However, there are some restrictions and safety measures to keep in mind as your teens head out to work.
The Pennsylvania Child Labor Law requires minors to obtain work permits prior to beginning work. This law, with the exception of farm work or domestic service in a private home, covers work in any establishment other than the minor's residence. A minor is anyone under the age of 18. Your local school district is responsible for distributing minor work permits. Contact your school district to find out where you should go to and what hours the issuing officer is available. If they will be working out of state, they will need working papers issued from the state where they will be working. Your local school district will distribute permits for the entire state of Pennsylvania. You can and should get a working permit before securing a job.
Be sure to check education.pa.gov for rules and restrictions on hours and duties. For every age bracket, there are restrictions on time of day and number of hours during the school year as well as summer break. There are also restrictions on employment and duties, such as:
• Limitations on employment where alcoholic beverages are sold
• Restrictions to any occupation or establishment deemed hazardous
• Restrictions to the tobacco industry
• Restrictions for work on scaffolding or in a tunnel
• Limitations for door-to-door solicitations and sales
• Limitations on walking sandwich boards and placards
• Restrictions on composition of paints, poisonous dyes and acids
• Limitations and restrictions for child performers and performances
• Limitations on sports-related activities
Additionally, have a conversation with your teens prior to beginning their jobs. Express how important it is that they remain alert and focused, and avoid distractions during the workday, such as their cell phones and social media. Employers usually have cell phone as well as a camera and video policies in place that all employees, full-time, part-time and temporary would have to abide by. A summer job is the beginning of a lifetime of strong work habits – start them off on the right foot.
If you suspect that an employer is violating the PA Child Labor Law, visit The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry at http://www.dli.pa.gov.
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