Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I want to help my parents. I'm 16, pwede na ba ako'ng magtrabaho?

Yes. And I admire you for wanting to help your parents. (Pero 'wag mo'ng pababayaan ang pag-aaral mo ha!)

According to the Department of Labor, under Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ang minimum age for employment in non-agricultural employment is 14.

Here are more info:
Hours worked by 14- and 15-year-olds are limited to:
Non-school hours; 3 hours in a school day; 18 hours in a school week; 8 hours on a non-school day; 40 hours on a non-school week; and hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (except from June 1 through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m.)

Youth 14 and 15 years old enrolled in an approved Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) may be employed for up to 23 hours in school weeks and 3 hours on school days (including during school hours).

The FLSA does not limit the number of hours or times of day for workers 16 years and older.

states have enacted child labor laws as well. In situations where both the FLSA child labor provisions and state child labor laws apply, the higher minimum standard must be obeyed.

Depending on what state you live in, you might need to get a work permit, click on this link to check. Though the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require that youth get work permits or working papers to get a job, some states do require work permits prior to getting a job. School counselors may be able to advise if a work permit is needed before getting a job, according to the Labor website.

You should also check this website, it is chock-full of info for teen workers.
[photo: south carolina DOL]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow very helpful!