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Summer jobs for kids and five important things to know
     Summer is here. Four                                                         sexual harassment in the                         responsibility, as well as               school. Teens and parents          ney in Southington who
of my kids are hitting the                                                        work place, or for more                          with spending cash.                      should know their basic            focuses on childhood per-
pavement looking for sum-                                                         information on what steps                        Working during the sum-                  rights so that the summer          sonal injuries. For more
mer jobs.                                                                         both kids and parents can                        mer is an important gate-                job experience is rewarding        information, please contact
     It is estimated that 80                                                      take to keep the workplace                       way into the real world of               and safe.                          the Observer or Tony directly
percent of all teens are                                                          safe, log on to the EECO                         employment after high                         Tony Sheffy is an attor-      at tsheffy@smddlaw.com.
employed at some point                                                            website Youth at Work.
while in high school. As
parents, we see the valuable
                                                                                       Stay Safe: Teens in the
                                                                                  work place are often sub-
                                                                                                                                    A day at the capital
lessons that come out of
summer employment, like
                                           Tony Sheffy                            ject to the same work haz-
                                                                                  ards as adults. A study
money management skills                    Off The Record                         reports that between 1997
and a sense of responsibili-                                                      and 2001 there were over
ty.                                                                               1400 claims for work relat-
     For teens, summer jobs                the minimum wage may be                ed accidents to teens
may be more about social-                  reduced to $6.80. The law              between the ages of 14-17.
ization and earning spend-                 allows this lower rate for             Eating and drinking estab-
ing cash. Either way, here                 minors who work less than              lishments account for
are five important things to               200 hours or less than 90              almost a quarter of all
know about summer                          days. The law also allows              injuries, with injuries to
employment for teens in                    this lower rate for minors             teens working in general
Connecticut.                               who work in agriculture.               merchandising not far
     Your Age Limits Your                       Limited Hours: During             behind. Teens should not
Options: If you are 14 or 15               the summer months, the                 be hesitant to talk with
years old, your options for                maximum amount of hours                their employers about
summer jobs are limited.                   that teens can work is                 potential work hazards.
You can work in agriculture,               determined by the type of              Teens should also know
as a caddie, delivering news-              job they hold. For example,            that they have rights in the
papers, or at licensed sum-                restaurants, retail, and               work place, including the
mer camps. Recently, the                   amusement parks allow                  right to refuse unsafe tasks.
law in Connecticut has                     teens over 16 years of age to          Because teens may be
changed to allow 15 year                   work 8 hours per day, six              working for the first time,                                                                                                                         SUBMITTED
olds to work as baggers and                days per week. However, if             parents can help keep kids                        Edward Kalat, Southington Tool & Manufacturing in Southington, shakes
stock clerks in retail stores.             you are a 14 or 15 year old,           safe by taking an active role
                                           you are limited to 40 hours
                                                                                                                                    hands with Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, at CBIA’s Manufacturing & Technology
However, 15 year olds cannot                                                      in their employment by                            Day. Southington Tool showcased the company’s products at the May 13
work in a restaurant or in fast            per week, and cannot work              asking questions about
                                           after 7 pm except between                                                                event at the state Capitol. The event gives manufacturers a chance to show-
food stops like McDonalds.                                                        their job duties.
                                           July 1 and Labor Day, when                                                               case their products and speak with legislators about the issues of impor-
For 16 and 17 year olds it is                                                          Summer jobs provide
more about what you cannot                 the time is extended until 9           teens with lessons in                             tance to their business.
do than what you can do.                   pm. Hours are restricted               money management and                              Standing behind Fedele is Joe Brennan, CBIA senior vice president of public
You cannot take a job driving              for all teens when school is                                                             policy.
or where you are using                     back in session in the fall.
                                                Sexual Harassment: In              The Alternative to
power tools, such as in the
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