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Summer Jobs for Teens

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 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

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



As Hourigan, Kluger and Quinn addresses the concerns raised by COVID-19, the health and safety of our clients, employees and friends of the firm remain our top priority.

These are very difficult and scary times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and symptom free. We recognize that so many of you are understandably anxious about your health, the economic impact of this pandemic and all of the consequences of social isolation.

We also recognize that many of you are anxious about how the coronavirus is impacting the Court systems, our firm and your cases. Although all of our offices are closed, our firm has remained fully operational and we have initiated procedures that allow all of our attorneys and staff to work remotely from their homes. Each of us and our staff will respond to any emails and calls about your cases as quickly as possible.

Our Federal and State Courts have instituted significant changes in their calendars as a result of the coronavirus. Although most courthouses are closed to the public, and Hearings and Trials will be delayed for some time, there are matters that can proceed telephonically and by video. Despite these changes in the Court calendars, we are working diligently on your cases and are determined to do whatever we possibly can to assure an early and just recovery for you and your loved ones. Even under these difficult circumstances, we believe that "Nobody will work harder for you than we will."

With regard to new potential clients, we are not in a position to have an in-person new client meeting, but we will be conducting these initial meetings via phone. New potential clients should call us for a free telephone consultation at (570) 287-3000.


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