The Lowdown on Labor Laws and Minors
As a small business owner, you rely on your team of employees to help you keep things up and running. And hiring young adults can be a smart choice. With their fresh perspective, creativity and willingness to learn, they’ll likely bring a level of vibrancy to your workplace that customers and clients will love.
But remember, hiring minors comes with its own set of rules and regulations. Here are some of the basics to get you thinking before you say “you’re hired!”
Study up on state laws. Although there are some federal laws that apply across the country, most rules vary from state to state. So it’s important to understand what your state expects of you as an employer — this includes regulations on hours, pay, nature of work, etc.
Consider their age. The age of your potential hire plays a big role in what they can and cannot do for your business. In fact, with each age range comes a unique set of federal regulations, and it can get kind of complicated. But we’ve got you covered! Here’s what you need to know.
Hire for your needs. Some occupations and work environments are simply too dangerous for minors. Before you even think about adding a teen to your employee roster, check out this list of jobs that aren’t suitable for those under 18. If you’re looking for someone to fill a similar role, go for an adult instead.
Working with minors can be a fun and rewarding process for both parties. So take these steps to determine if a young adult would fit in well at your small business! And remember to give yourself a refresher often — it’s important to give young employees a fun and safe environment to work in.