Our teens are out there trying to earn an extra dollar while they've still got some time away from school. It's the one time of the year when they get to shut their text books and hit the workforce in hopes of making some cash.
During this time, we're asking parents to check in on their young workers and their jobs to make sure that everything's going well. You want to make sure that they're not being overworked, that their compensation is appropriate, that they're performing jobs that they can do and that they're aware of their rights on the job.
Work accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere are likely among these young workers as they're less likely to speak up about any mishaps on the job not only because they may not know any better but also because they may not want to jeopardize their summer position. We need to make sure that our young workers are aware of their rights as a worker in the U.S. and that they know how to voice their concerns on the job.
The Department of Labor is monitoring child labor law compliance and there are strict rules and regulations governing the employment of young workers. The most common federal law that restricts the employment and abuse of child employees is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These laws were created to help to protect the educational opportunities and to help keep an eye on them while working. Oftentimes, these young workers work in positions that are far too advanced for their abilities. This is how accidents and injuries result.
Our Charlotte workers' compensation attorneys understand that there were more than 2 million individuals under the age of 18-years-old in the state of North Carolina in 2007. Of this population, many of them sought out summertime jobs. Under FLSA, children under the age of 16-years-old are limited as to which positions they can hold and how many hours they can work.
President Obama is helping to get these kids to work during their summer breaks as he recently launched the Summer Job+ 2012. This program helps to provide hundreds of thousands of summer gigs to low-income and disconnect young ones across the nation.
Workers under the age of 18 may not work with:
-the storing or manufacturing of explosives.
-roofing or any job on top of a roof.
-excavating or trenching.
-mining other than coal.
-driving a vehicle on the job.
-manufacturing tile, brick or other related products.
-any power-driven metal-forming, shearing or punching machines.
-compactors, balers, power-driven paper-products machines.
-power-driven bakery machines.
-ship-breaking, demolition or wrecking operations.
-power-driven meat-processing machines
-power-driven woodworking machines.
-any exposure to ionizing radiation or any radioactive substances.
-any forestry service, timber tract, forest fire prevention or fire fighting.