As high schools and colleges are starting to let out for the summer months, many young people will be trying to secure summer work. With the construction industry booming, there will be a number of companies looking to hire temporary workers to help during the busy warm weather months. If you’re hiring young people to help out, keep in mind that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) places a variety of restrictions on individuals under 18. FLSA restrictions regulate how many hours under age workers can put in each week as well as regulating what types of activities they can participate in on the job.
Compliance with the FLSA is important for construction companies to adhere to in order to avoid hefty fines that can come with violating the requirements included in this legislation. The law allows for Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor to fine employers up to $1,100 per infraction.
Fortunately, OSHA has created an online FLSA compliance tool that walks employers through a series of questions designed to ensure that under age workers are being used appropriately on the job. There’s plenty of helpful information presented in each section of the compliance tool that ensures employers are better prepared to employ younger workers while staying within the regulations of the FLSA.
The FLSA is a federal law that places restrictions on workers under age 18. However, each state also has legislation designed to protect young workers. The Department of Labor has a dedicated state regulations page that provides information useful for staying in compliance with your state child labor laws also.
By educating yourself and complying with FLSA and state regulations regarding younger workers, you’ll be confident that you’re providing them with a safe workplace for the summer months. You’ll also ensure your construction business isn’t subject to the fines that come with ignoring child labor laws. Careful attention to safety and compliance pays dividends in the long run.
If you have questions about compliance with FLSA or state child labor law requirements for your state or if you’re interested in creating a safety plan for your business feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835.