Naperville Business Lawyer Offers Tips on Hiring Teens for Summer Help

teens, Naperville business law attorneyIn a few short weeks, another school year will be in the books. For young children, this means that the freedom of summer will be waiting. For high school and college students, the next step may be a summer job. While it is certainly true that fewer teens and young adults are interested in or able to find seasonal employment compared to about 40 years, ago, the reality is that about 35 percent of teens between the ages of 16 and 19 find some type of summer gig.

As a business law attorney, I recognize the importance of helping young people learn the value of hard work and that summer jobs are often the birthplace of the industrial spirit. I also know that business owners often have questions and concerns when it comes to hiring a teen for a seasonal position. If you own a company that is looking for seasonal help, there are some things you can do to make the experience better for you and your young employees.

Get Started Early

There is a good chance that you will want your seasonal help to be available to start working as soon as school lets out for the summer. Therefore, you need to start the recruiting and hiring process now—at least a few weeks in advance. You need time to post your available jobs and to have candidates find your posts. Between interviewing and selecting the right person, you will probably spend several weeks, which highlights the importance of getting started right away.

Be Firm, Fair, and Flexible

If you are willing to hire teens for summer positions, it is important to remember that they are, in fact, teens. They may have little or no previous work experience, but they applied for the job, so their ambition and work ethic do exist. Be sure that your workplace expectations are reasonable, especially for younger workers. Give your employees responsibilities, and hold them accountable, but it is unfair to expect them to perform as well as adults with many years of experience.

You should also keep in mind that teens may need a little more flexibility in scheduling than adult workers need. Some teens are reliant on their parents for transportation, while others may have educational or athletic commitments sporadically throughout the summer. Decide on how much flexibility you are willing to offer, and offer the same level of flexibility to every one of your employees.

Follow the Law

As with any employment matter, there are laws that apply when you hire teens—more, actually, if you hire an applicant under the age of 16. Be sure to remain compliant with all federal, state, and local regulations regarding minimum wage, work hour restrictions, breaks, and meal periods. Failure to do so could result in serious legal penalties. In addition, your establishment could also develop a reputation as a place where teens do not want to work, making it harder to find seasonal help next year.

We Can Help

Ambitious, industrious teens can be a valuable part of your team this summer, but it is crucial for you to handle the hiring process properly. If you have questions, an experienced Naperville business law attorney can help you find the answers. Call 630-756-1160 for a confidential consultation at The Gierach Law Firm today.

 

Sources:

Metro Parent

Job Monkey

Illinois Department of Labor