With summer break quickly approaching, our teens will be heading back into the workforce. To prepare youth for the 21st century workforce, the Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Youth Services coordinates youth workforce development investments.
Amid getting our young ones ready for summer jobs, officials with the White House push Summer Jobs+. This is a program that helps to get assistance from companies, non-profit organizations and government officials to work together to get more jobs to low-income and disconnected youth. These young employees are between the ages of 16 and 24, have had close to 200,000 jobs created for them through the effort.
“America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job,” said President Barack Obama.
Our Rock Hill workers’ compensation lawyers understand that it’s an excellent opportunity for these young adults. Working teaches them independence and responsibility, but we have to make sure that they’re protected on the job and that they understand their rights as an American worker.
Workplace hazards associated with specific jobs are another major cause of injuries and illnesses. Employers must work to reduce or minimize hazards while training employees to work safely on the job.
Safe work is rewarding work. Your employer has the responsibility to provide a safe workplace for you. Companies and employers are required to follow all OSHA safety and health standards to help to prevent you from being injured, becoming ill on the job or getting killed on the job. If you are under age 18, there may be limits on the hours you work, the jobs you do and the equipment you use.
Your Rights as a Youth Worker:
-You have the right to work in a safe environment.
-You have the right to get the proper health and safety training. It’s required to be presented in a language that you best understand to keep you safe on the job.
-You have the right to ask questions if you don’t understand anything at work.
-You have the right to be provided with the proper safety gear and with the training and knowledge to use it correctly.
-You have the right to speak up and to voice concerns about your safety on the job without fear of discrimination or retaliation.
-You have the right to file a complaint with OSHA if you feel like your employer isn’t keeping you safe on the job or if they aren’t following any of the federal safety standards.
So you know your rights and you’re ready to get out there and make some money, now it’s time to get proactive and to make sure you’re safe on the job. If you spot unsafe conditions, make sure you report them. If you’re provided with safety gear, make sure you wear it. Always follow the rules of the workplace, make sure you’re asking questions and get some help if you need it. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Your safety relies on it.