Hiring Minors?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by deltascapes, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. deltascapes

    deltascapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    I was wondering if there are any legal issues in hiring a minor
  2. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Yes. You need to check your state laws regarding the hiring of minors. IRRC, in Texas a minor (14 - 18 years old....i think) can work no more than 4 hours a day, during a school week. During summer and weekends 8 hours a day and no more than 40 hours a week. This is what I *remember* it being for Texas. Your state may vary.

  3. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    It is the same with Louisiana.
  4. georgiagrass

    georgiagrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    If memory serves, there are also OSHA rules that place age limits on non-family employees using commercial mowing equipment.
  5. steve5966

    steve5966 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 210

    Give your insurance company a call too. Power equipment and kids don't go together.
  6. VBsnow

    VBsnow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    The problem w/ hiring minors is that some of them freak out in the daylight once you bring them above ground. The light they wear on their head tends to get caught in low lying branches and they have trouble walking the trimmer as it interferes w/ the motor.

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