What You Should Know About Hiring Teenagers
What You Should Know About Hiring Teenagers!
Summer jobs and temporary/ seasonal jobs attract a large amount of applicants who are under the age of 18. Many of these applicants are high school students who are new to the workforce. As the employer, you need to understand the limitations and qualifications of hiring a teen for your business. If you are considering hiring a minor, make sure you are aware of the federal and state laws for hiring them.
The Age Limitations:
- Children who are under the age of 14 typically can’t be hired with the exception of working for a family company.
- Hiring minors of the age of 14-15 are allowed to work within a restricted number of hours outside of school. They are also not allowed to work in a hazardous conditions. When school begins, minors are limited to working three hours per day and a total of 18 hours per week. There is an exception that when school has breaks or during the holidays they can work 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week.
- Teenagers from 16-17 aren’t restricted from working during school hours but are limited on the amount of hours worked.
- 18 & under cannot work in a dangerous position.
Please be aware that each state has laws regulating the minimum work ages, the hours that teen works, and required documentation. Review your state laws for requirements so your business stays in compliance with the law.
The Benefits from Hiring Teenagers:
Once you understand the rules and regulations of employing teenagers, there are several benefits for employers when hiring this younger workforce.
- Many teens are part-time, hourly employees and several are content with being paid minimum wage if that job offers flexible scheduling. They also don’t require the employee benefits that most adult workers expect from a company.
- By hiring teenagers, most are motivated to work hard and to leave a good impression. You’re the one that shapes them into the worker they will be for future jobs and by giving them experience.
- Companies who do hire teens could qualify for tax credits. Click here to see the DOL’s Employer’s Guide to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
Having a teenager on your staff can be a valuable asset for your company, just as long as you understand the federal and state regulations for hiring employees under the age of 18. To learn more about employment compliance, check out our blogs for more information and tips. Or contact us to learn more about how APS can help you.