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Youth Working In Construction

(NAPS)—The construction
industry continues to provide a
growing number of job opportuni-
ties. Especially in the summer
months, we see more teen work-
ers employed in this field.
Summer job opportunities in
construction may be the first job
experience for some young people.
The best way to make sure it is a
rewarding experience is to be sure
it’s a safe and healthy one.
Under the Leadership of Secre-
tary Elaine L. Chao, the U.S.
Department of Labor (DOL) devel- For information on youth employ-
oped the YouthRules! campaign to
ment laws, the new regulations
promote positive, safe experiences
and Youth Working in Construc-
for teen workers.
YouthRules! provides valuable tion, please visit our Web site,
information online so that every www.youthrules.dol.gov, or call
employer, teen and parent has the toll free at 1-866-4US-WAGE.
ability to access information on published new regulations to
youth employment rules. expand protections for young work-
Because of the special needs and ers. These regulations made signifi-
regulations of the construction cant changes affecting the con-
industry, DOL is launching a new struction industry.
phase of the YouthRules! program The interactive presentation
dealing with youth working in con- the Department created details
struction. the Fair Labor Standards Act’s
youth employment regulations
Youth Working in Construction and includes:
The new YouthRules! Youth • video clips depicting real life
Working in Construction resource examples of violations;
will provide valuable and easy to • prohibited items and activities
understand information so that: are clearly explained.
• employers can ensure that Whi l e t hi s year t her e i s a
they are in compliance with the law greater emphasis on the changes
and most importantly maintain a in construction protections, the
safe workplace; department remains committed to
• and young workers also can ensuring that young workers are
understand the protections that legally employed, especially in
apply to them. industries such as restaurants and
This is important because, in retail, which hire the greatest num-
December 2004, the Department ber of youth.

Did You Know?


As part of the Department of Labor’s ongoing
effort to strengthen the workplace protections that
promote the safety and well-being of young work-
ers, it is launching a new phase of its YouthRules!
Program—Youth Working in Construction. For
information on youth employment laws, the new
regulations and the Youth Working in Construction
presentation, visit www.youthrules.dol.gov or call
1-866-4US-WAGE.