The Law and teen jobs

You are a teenager and are rearing to go out there and earn your money ' your own cash. This is a heady experience, one that you will enjoy very much. The power to earn your own cash is so great that many never leave part time jobs once they start it. The jobs are not difficult to land and with every new job you gain more insight and experience and you are prepared to get more and better jobs.

However are you aware of the legal implications of a working teenager? Rights and duties? It is most likely that you have never even thought of this angle. But this is a very important aspect and one that can land you into some embarrassment with the law if you are not careful. Remember, not knowing about law is not an excuse to break it. So before you got out to search for that ideal job understand the legal implications. The teenage legal stuff is as essential as that applicable for adults.

Not many people are aware that they break the law when they work without fulfilling the basic requirements that involve teenage work. So let us see, what this is actually. Note this is not an exhaustive list and hence for accuracy you should check with your local guardian or legal advisor (at school or at any social center). Also be aware the each State & Country may have different laws that cover teenagers working conditions.

  • Timings: Teenagers below 14 years old are usually not encouraged to work in offices. For those above 14 and above they should not be working at night. The legal hours are any time between 7 am to 7 pm ' of course ensuring that school is taken care of. Those between 16-19 years of age can be free to work as much and as long as they please. However, girls should always be wary and careful when working nights as crime increases at night.
  • Work areas: Teenagers may work anywhere they can be engaged with the exception of places where they could endanger themselves or others, such as construction sites, repair sites or garages, chemical and other types of processing, mining, messenger jobs, warehousing, adult clubs and bars.
  • Social security number: There are places where teens need a social security number to receive payment;
  • Taxes: Most of the time teen jobs do not involve tax payments and need not have any dedication in the paychecks. However, you need to consult the local IRS to ascertain this.

Each state and country has its own set of rules and what is valid in one may not be in another. Do not take anything for granted. Keep in mind that legal aspects are serious matters and you do need complication with the law. Check and be sure you fulfill all the legal formalities applicable for teenagers before you even apply for work. Ask the help of a responsible adult, such as your parents, teachers or relatives and seek out the correct answers.

Wish you luck!