Every year nearly 30 teens under 18 die from work injuries in the United States. Another 27,000 get hurt badly enough that they go to a hospital emergency room. When you employee a teen between the ages of 14-17 years old please make sure that you are adhering to all of the child labor and safety laws.
As an employer you must provide the following to your teen worker:
• A safe and healthful workplace.
• Training on chemicals and other health and safety hazards.
• Clothing and equipment that protects the teen worker.
• 1/2 hour meal break after no more than 5 hours; 10 minute rest period after each 4 hours. • Workers’ compensation benefits if they are hurt on the job. These include: Medical care for their injury, whether or not they miss time from work.
Payments if they lose wages for more than 3 days.
Other benefits if they become permanently disabled.
• Teens also have a right to:
Report safety problems to Cal/OSHA.
Work without racial or sexual harassment.
Refuse to work if they could be killed or badly hurt by doing the task.
Join or form a union.
• Make sure they have a current work permit
• Pay them at least the state's minimum wage (household workers such as babysitters and mother's helpers are exempt from this).
• California's minimum wage as of January 1st, 2019
* $12/hr for employers with 26 or more employees
* $11/hr for employers with 25 or less employees.
• There are also restrictions according to industry. Please read here to learn more
(information adapted from youngworkers.org)