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You need an extra set of hands for the summer, but you don’t want to hire just anyone. An option many turn to is hiring a teen just for summer help, someone who is willing to work for just a few months, perhaps a coworker’s child looking for income during their school break. Before you get ahead of yourself there are many restrictions to hiring an underage individual, many that impact the value of summer help for a dealership:

  • Individuals under the age of 18 are limited to what type of work they can and cannot do.
  • If under the age of 18, your summer help will be prohibited by the Department of Labor (DOL) from driving and working as outside helpers on motor vehicles.
  • Power-driven hoisting apparatuses may not be used by individuals under 18.
  • The DOL limits individuals under 18 to certain work hours and time spent working. To find out the State Child Labor Standards for your area, click here.

While it may seem easy to hire a teen for the summer, consider how it will impact your dealership. Make sure you are hiring and paying in compliance with both state and federal child labor regulations by checking the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Federal government does not require work permits or proof-of-age certificates for a minor to be employed. However, many states may require them for workers of certain ages. These certificates help to protect the employer from prosecution for employing an under-aged worker. Having these age certificates constitutes a good faith effort to comply with minimum age requirements.

Do you have questions about someone you’ve hired for summer work? Contact

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