If your company hires minors, it is a good idea to refresh yourself on child labor laws. While you are well aware that no minor under the age of 14 is allowed to work, did you realize that a 14 or 15 year old is required by law to obtain a physicians certificate of health before working?
Minors under the age of 16 have a many restrictions on working conditions involving power machinery, repair work involving ladders, working in amusement parks and even barber shops. Most of the restrictions are in industrial settings. If your company hires minors under the age of 16 it may be good idea to double check the restrictions as they pertain your employment environment.
Did you know that minors under the age of 16 are not allowed to perform any baking activities or work in a warehouse? What if your company asks them to unload a truck and store the contents in a meat freezer?
Many restrictions remain in place for minors under the age of 18 as well. Is a 17 year old allowed to bake bread in your family run bake shop? The answer may not be so clear cut.
Finally be sure to monitor minors under the age of 18. After 8PM Massachusetts law requires that minors must have the direct and immediate supervision of an adult who is reasonably accessible. What does reasonably accessibly mean within your company?
After reviewing your policies it might be a good idea to train other employees about the laws as they relate to employing children. It may be time to update your employee handbook as well.