Hiring Young Workers

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Hiring Young Workers: A Guide For Employers, Parents, & Educators

The resources here from the U.S. Department of Labor will help you ensure that when young people work, the work is safe and does not jeopardize their health, well-being, or educational opportunities.

How to hire a teen

Under Federal law, there are specific jobs and hours that young workers are allowed to work, depending on their age. You should also contact the Missouri Department of Labor since its rules may differ.

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How to prevent workplace injuries

Your knowledge of the Federal and State rules regarding young workers will put you in a better position to advise your employees, your students, or your kids, and help ensure that they have a safe and rewarding work experience.

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Check your compliance

Be sure you are doing your part to keep your young workers safe. Use these self-assessment tools to check your knowledge of, and compliance with regulations that apply to your young workers.

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Child Labor Rules Advisor

Find answers to questions about workers and businesses that are subject to the FLSA’s child labor rules.

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Employer Guides

The WHD has developed youth employment guides for construction, farm, and non-farm occupations. These guides will help you familiarize yourself with the regulations dealing specifically with young workers.

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Complete these forms to obtain permission to participate in specific youth employment programs.

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Employers, Parents, and Educators Toolkit

A quick and easy way to obtain the information you need about youth employment.

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