The change in the economy has led to more and more teens…

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The change in the economy has led to more and more teens acquiring jobs. Did you know that your age limits the type of work you are allowed to do? YouthRules! is run by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and has information on general employment rules that apply depending on age.

Most teens get jobs once they enter high school, but if you are under 14 and wondering what jobs you can work, here’s a list:
– Delivering newspapers
– Babysitting
– Acting or performing in movies, TV, radio, or theater
– As a homeworker gathering evergreens and making evergreen wreaths
– Working for a business owned entirely by your parents (not in mining, manufacturing, or any of the 17 hazardous occupations)

Keep in mind that there are different rules for children under the age of 14 working in agriculture. In addition to the rules outlined by the DOL, each state may have their own set rules that employers must also follow. If you are under 17 and would like more information about the laws that your employers must comply with, check out YouthRules! If you feel that your employer isn’t complying with the rules, tell your parents and/or contact your local DOL office.

– Dyanne


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