Now that you are 14 or 15 you can begin to find work with a wider variety of businesses. Getting a work permit will be easy for you once you find the right job. You should know, however, that there are still many rules and laws that apply to the kind of work that you can do at this age. Until you are over 18 you can't work in a meat packing plant. You also can't work where there is exposure to radiation. But, hey - do you really want to do this kind of work anyway?
There are plenty of great opportunities for you out there but you should read the federal guidelines below to get a good idea of what you won't be able to do because of government laws. Remember, these rules are designed to protect you and if you find an employer who is trying to make you do illegal work it is within your rights to say no! Also remember that the summary below relates to the US federal laws. The laws in your state may be more strict, so consult your local guidance counselor for more information.
Here are the guidelines:
No worker under 18 may:
Also, no one 14- or 15-years-old may:
For young workers between the ages of 14 and 15, work hours are as follows:
Maximum hours when school is in session are as follows:
Maximum hours when school is NOT in session are as follows:
Did You Also Know - By Law Employers Must Provide:
This information was reproduced with permission from the CDC Promoting Safe Work for Young Workers Site at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-141/
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