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.

 

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Teens in the Workplace

35.3%

of American teens aged 16-19 participated in the civilian labor force in 2019.

4.7 million

American teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were employed in 2020.

Teen Worker Injuries

Approximately every five minutes, a teen 15-19 years old is treated in a hospital emergency department for a workplace injury.

 

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56% of injuries to workers 15-17 years old in the leisure and hospitality industry required at least one day away from work, according to 2018 data. Most of these injuries occurred among workers in the accommodation and food services subsector.
 

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Child Labor Violations

More than 850

Wage and Hour Division investigations uncovered child labor violations in FY 2020.

Nearly 3,400

minors were employed in violation in FY 2020.

 

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

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Know what tasks you legally may and may not do on the job

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Know when you legally may and may not work

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Be aware of your surroundings
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Know your rights as an employee, and learn who to call when you have questions
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Politely say "no" when asked to do something that is prohibited or you feel is unsafe

 

Seven Ways Employers Can Create a Safe Workplace

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  1. Verify ages of young employees

  2. Ensure management team is trained on the child labor requirements of the FLSA

  3. Clearly tell minor employees what tasks they can't perform and how long they can work each day

  4. Review time records for minors

  5. Post warning labels on prohibited equipment

  6. Train new workers on job hazards and safety precautions

  7. Encourage new workers to speak up about safety concerns

 

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