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Hiring Minors in the Heat of the Summer: What Employers Need to Know

Summertime is quickly approaching and 'tis the season for beach vacations, fun in the sun, and summer hires—many of which will be under the age of 18 years old. In anticipation of summer hires, employers may want to familiarize themselves with the federal laws outlining child labor restrictions. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has issued youth employment regulations. While there are some exceptions, generally "youth" are entitled to minimum wage and overtime, but the FLSA includes other protections in the form of when and what a minor can do.

The "Opportunity Wage" Exception For Younger Workers

Summer's approach has sparked renewed interest in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's provision authorizing a less-than-$7.25 wage rate for certain younger employees in particular circumstances.

Hiring Under-18 Workers This Summer?

If you plan to employ anyone under 18 years old for the summer, you should be thoroughly familiar with the child-labor limitations prescribed under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Tips for Lawfully Hiring Teenagers for Summer Jobs

Summer is almost here and many teenagers will be hitting the workforce to earn a few extra dollars. Companies that hire teenagers should be aware that state and federal law restricts the employment of minors or "child labor."

Quick Quiz Answer: FLSA Child-Labor Restrictions (Driving)

The best answer to our July 3, 2014 Quick Quiz is, "This is true under some circumstances." In declining percentage order, the responses were:

Quick Quiz: FLSA Child-Labor Restrictions (Driving)

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, may 17-year-old employees drive vehicles on public roads in performing work for their employers, provided that they do not drive:

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians and Implications for I-9 Compliance

First, here's a primer on Temporary Protected Status ("TPS"), a humanitarian designation. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") grants TPS to certain countries where conditions temporarily prevent its nationals who have left and come to the United States from returning safely to their home country.

Quick Quiz Answer: FLSA Child-Labor Restrictions

The answer to our December 11, 2013 Quick Quiz is, "No".

Quick Quiz: FLSA Child-Labor Restrictions

Fifteen-year-old Conor is suspended from high school in December for a period of 60 days due to his disruptive misbehavior. His father Rick is the Shop Foreman at the PoundOut Auto Body Center, Inc.

Compliance With Child And Forced-Labor Laws

Many countries are uniting for one simple cause: stopping child and forced labor. The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) is committed to stopping child labor and has adopted this as a key platform. On June 13, the World Day Against Child Labor, Carol Pier, Acting Deputy Undersecretary of the Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), addressed this issue on the DOL’s official blog.

DOL Pushes "Initiative"-Focused FLSA Enforcement

Recent U.S. Labor Department news releases show something important about its current approach to enforcing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act:

No Excuses: FLSA Child-Labor Rules Are Tough!

If you plan to hire anyone under 18 years old for the summer, you should be thoroughly familiar with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's child-labor limitations. The U.S. Labor Department enforces these rules strictly and aggressively. Don't count on good intentions and "close enough" to save the day if you get it wrong.

Intensified FLSA Child-Labor Enforcement Likely.

Employers can expect more investigative attention to child-labor restrictions. For one thing, the U.S. Labor Department has now adopted a harsher civil penalty structure. Moreover, in making this announcement, Labor Secretary Solis spoke of the "reinvigorated enforcement" of FLSA limitations upon work by minors.

FLSA Child-Labor Regulations Revised Extensively.

The U.S. Labor Department has released final revisions of its child-labor regulations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. They will become effective on July 19, 2010.

Employing Minors? Be Sure You Know the Rules!

Summer is approaching quickly, so employers should be up-to-speed on the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's child-labor limitations. These rules apply to any employee who is under 18 years old. The regulations are strictly applied; there is little or no room for error; and the U.S. Labor Department takes the requirements seriously.
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