An act regarding teenager job restrictions to be less strict

  • Posted on: 6 March 2019
  • By: Daniel Iosso
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An Act relating to teenage job restrictions
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that the restrictions on teenager jobs be looser by increasing eligible hours for teenagers to work and the types of jobs eligible to work.
Fifteen year olds are eligible to work more than three hours a day based on their availability and the eighteen hour per week maximum be removed for a school week.
Fourteen year olds are not restricted to just agricultural jobs or employment from parents, but instead can work the same positions as other teenagers.
Fifteen year olds are not restricted from working after 7 pm during a school week and after 9 pm during the non-school week.
Fifteen year olds are not restricted to eight hours a day and 40 hours per week of work during a non-school week.
All fourteen and fifteen year olds are eligible to work basic jobs in retail, food, and other more basic jobs
All changes will only affect ages fourteen and fifteen to not alter the child labor laws set in place.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect as soon as possible to allow the most amount of teenagers reap the benefits to be able to get a job at a younger age.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to allow younger teenagers to be able to get jobs and work more hours for those who have free time to be able to work. This will also allow stores and restaurants to hire workers in high school who will be able to work with them for more than a few years compared to a senior who might quit a job if they choose to go to college. Additionally, lowering the ages for workers will allow younger teenagers get more experience working which will better prepare them to work later in their lives. Finally, these new jobs younger teenagers will have will help them raise money for college and any spending they wish to do with the money.
Author's Note: 
The cost of this bill will be the cost to pay the new workers who join the workforce with the new rules in place.
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