Teen workers have workplace rights but are not always aware of them. To gather ideas on how best to share information with teens about their rights and workplace protections, the U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a national online dialogue from April 19–May 14. Information gathered during the national online dialogue will then be used to develop and disseminate better tools and resources. Consider the following statistics, which illustrate why this issue is so important.
Teens in the Workplace
Teen Worker Injuries
Approximately every five minutes, a teen 15-19 years old is treated in a hospital emergency department for a workplace injury.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Child Labor Violations
Fortunately, there are things both teens and their employers can do to ensure a safe and fair workplace for young workers.
Five Tips for Teen Workers
Know what tasks you legally may and may not do on the job
Know when you legally may and may not work
Be aware of your surroundings
Know your rights as an employee, and learn who to call when you have questions
Politely say "no" when asked to do something that is prohibited or you feel is unsafe
Seven Ways Employers Can Create a Safe Workplace
Verify ages of young employees
Ensure management team is trained on the child labor requirements of the FLSA
Clearly tell minor employees what tasks they can't perform and how long they can work each day
Review time records for minors
Post warning labels on prohibited equipment
Train new workers on job hazards and safety precautions
Encourage new workers to speak up about safety concerns