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Colorado Employment Law: Young Workers at High Risk for Accidents

The number of youth employed in the U.S. rose more than 2 percent from April to July of this year.  There were close to 20 million youth working in the country during this time, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  This means that more than half of the country’s youth (those between the ages of 16- and 24-years-old) was employed this summer.

The summer season is a popular time for our nation’s young ones to go out and grab a job.  They’re enjoying some time away from school and many of them use it to earn some extra money.  It’s also this time of the year when we see a significant spike in the risks for work accidents.  Our Colorado workers’ compensation attorneys are asking parents and guardians to sit down with the young workers in their family to discuss the rights that these young workers have in the work force.  It’s important that they know what is expected of them and what they can expect from their workplace and from their employer.

Important Youth Work Laws, for 16- and 17-year-old workers:

-They cannot work during school hours.

-They’re can work no more than 30 hours in one week during school weeks.

-They cannot work more than 6 hours in a day when a school day follows.

-Except for babysitters, no one under the age of 16 is allowed to work between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless the next day is not a school day.

-Minors are not allowed to work more than 40 hours per week or 8 hours in any 24-hour period unless there is a business emergency.

Parents are urged to talk with their teens about risks for work accidents.  Let them know that it’s okay, and that it’s encouraged, for them to speak up if they observe a work hazard.  They should not fear any repercussion or any discrimination.  Make sure they’re getting the proper training that they need on the job and that they’re not working with any kind of dangerous equipment.  Your talk can help to make them more aware of their rights in the workplace and ultimately a better worker.  Let’s start them off on the right foot and feed them with the knowledge they need to be an asset in the country’s workforce.

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