T.I.P.S. for Achieving and Maintaining Compliance
with Youth Employment Laws*
Train Identify Promote Share
Employees Violations Compliance Accountability
-Obtain compliance - Designate a youth - Create a “buffer zone” to - Encourage youth to say
assistance materials employment compliance prevent employees from “no” to a manager who is
(posters, fact sheets, director whose being scheduled up to the asking them to work too
employer’s guides, and responsibility is to monitor latest time or longest shift late or to operate
forklift stickers) from compliance that could be worked. hazardous equipment.
request training from your - Conduct unannounced - Prepare two separate - Add monitoring to
local Wage and Hour office. inspections of your schedules: one for maintain compliance to
establishment or branch employees under age 16 job descriptions of
- Incorporate youth locations. and one for employees age managers.
employment laws and 16 or over. Only permit
company policies regarding - Make checking for shift swapping among - Include compliance with
the employment of youth into compliance a regular part of employees on the same youth employment laws
training and orientation any routine quality or store schedule. as a performance factor
seminars for managers and inspection. in managers’ reviews and
teens. - Require a manager’s recognize those who
- Monitor the hours and signature on the schedule successfully maintained
- Provide a worksheet for times worked by youth for all shift swaps. compliance on their
youth to sign as part of initial under age 16 at the time shifts, in their
training to test and verify their payroll data is collected and - Verify the ages of all youth departments, or at their
awareness of what equipment track and transcribe any by requiring legally branch locations.
is off limits to them and what violations. acceptable proof of age at
hours they can work. the time of hiring. - Test youth about their
- Establish a hotline for understanding of policies
- Attach to a paycheck or time employees/parents/the - Post the hours youth can and safety procedures
card a monthly youth safety public to report potential work next to the time clock. before they start work.
reminder. problems or concerns.
- Color-code time cards, - Send a letter to the
- Conduct refresher training - Take time to interview badges, and/or uniforms so parents of newly hired
for all levels of management youth at some regular that youth can be easily teens informing them of
at regular staff meetings or interval to question them on identified. the youth employment
special training sessions. the types of equipment they laws and who to contact
are operating. - Post a Warning Sticker or to report any concerns.
a Stop Sign on hazardous
Information about YouthRules! can be found at www.youthrules.dol.gov. For information about the
laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division, log on to the Internet at www.wagehour.dol.gov, or
call the Department of Labor’s toll-free help line at 1-866-4USWAGE.
*Different rules apply to farms, and State laws may have stricter rules.