Your Teen and Their First Job

Summer is here and many teens are receiving their first paychecks. As a parent there are a few things that you should be aware of regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which regulates hours and standards for minors.

Minors over 15 and under 18 years of age may be employed for unlimited hours in occupations that are not deemed hazardous by the Secretary of Labor such as manufacturing explosives or operating power-driven machinery.

The Illinois Child Labor Act regulates the employment of children under 15. During their summer break from school, 14 and 15 year old teens may work between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. for up to 48 hours per week. They cannot work in any place that serves liquor, at gas stations, in dry cleaners or at construction sites. They are not allowed to operate amusement park rides or use any power driven machinery. Most jobs are not available for children under the age of 14 but they can find work babysitting, delivering newspapers, caddying at a golf course or working with youth in sports activities.

As a parent, you can teach your child good safety practices as well as good work habits. Be proactive and find out what type of training is available from their prospective employer. Help to make your teens’ first summer job a positive experience.