Teens and Summer Jobs

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As the end of school nears and with summer fast approaching, many teens will be looking for summer jobs to make some cash. But there are laws that parents and teens need to be aware of before they report to work.

Your teenage son or daughter may be anxious to start earning money from a summer job. But options might be limited because Texas child labor laws prevent teens from doing certain jobs and working long hours.

" I would say that teens and parents need to be the most aware of the hours that are allowed for each age group," said Anne McKibben with Workforce Solutions.

According to the state workforce commission 14 and 15 year olds can not work more than 8 hours a day or 48 hours in a seven day week.

" Parents need to be aware of the time that students are suppose to get off from work. Many times students take on hours because of money," said Elizabeth Richardson, a Co-Op teacher at Bryan High.

Some of the most popular jobs for teens are fast food, retail, and grocery stores. But these jobs and others have restrictions and certain things that 14 -17 year olds are not allowed to do.

They include driving a motor vehicle, operating power driven machinery, or any other activity deemed hazardous or detrimental to the health and well being of the child.

McKibben says parents should be involved in the process of helping their child find a job.

"Be involved. Know what jobs your children are looking for. Go tot websites, read the Texas Child Labor law. Understand what jobs can and can't be done," said McGibben.

Employers who don't comply with the law could face up to a $10,000 fine.

Once you know the rules and your teen has landed a job, Richardson offers advice to keep it.

" Being on time, showing some initiative, which is one of the complaints that we get from the employers, that the students do not show initiative," said Richardson.