Every year, millions of teens work in part-time or summer jobs. Early work
experiences can be rewarding for young workers – providing great opportunities
for teens to learn important work skills. Federal and State rules regarding
young workers strike a balance between ensuring sufficient time for educational
opportunities and allowing appropriate work experiences.
YouthRules! was launched by the U.S. Department of
Labor in May 2002 to increase public awareness of Federal and State rules
concerning young workers. Through the YouthRules!
initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its partners
seek to promote positive and safe work experiences that help prepare young workers to enter the 21st Century workforce.
The YouthRules! web page is a gateway providing quick
access to information about Federal and State labor laws that apply to young
workers. The web page includes information designed to educate teens, parents,
educators and employers about the hours
youth can work, the jobs
youth can do, and how
to prevent workplace injuries.
Also as part of the YouthRules! initiative, the U.S.
Department of Labor and its partners will develop and distribute informational
materials, develop curricula for educators, provide training on the Federal and State rules
governing young workers, increase awareness through public service
announcements, and develop other tools (stickers,
posters, bookmarks, checklists) designed to increase compliance with Federal and State laws.
YouthRules! – an innovative approach to bring teens,
parents, educators, employers, government, unions and advocacy groups together
to ensure young workers have safe and rewarding work experiences.