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By Jon Anderson

In the summer many teens are more than happy to be away from school.  The ecstasy of being away from school can only be cut short by the daunting reality of needing a job.  For most teens these are hard to come by and once they are claimed, said job can only be taken away if you pry it from the workers cold dead hands.  When school time comes around again these summertime workers feel the need to take a few hours or risk losing their job next summer.  This wasn’t a problem as students could easily take a four to six hour shift after school and still have plenty of time to devote to school work. 

The new Youth Employment Act makes it much more difficult for teens to take these hours as it limits them to a maximum of a three hour shift.  For many students who do not live close to their job this shift is just enough to pay for gas.  This means that students go to these shifts to secure their summer work life but in return get paid less money because they can’t work the hours they need.  That is the only part of the act I disagree with.

The other two sections are perfectly agreeable as students need to go to school.  There are many students who would jump at the chance to skip school and take an eight hour shift.  The other part of the act states students may not work between the hours of 11p.m. and 7a.m.  Most students would be driving themselves to work.  Many of these students would only have their G licence.  One of the restrictions of this type of licence is that the owner may not drive between midnight and five in the morning.  All in all only one of the new rules seems unfair to me but in the end students will keep working for that little bit of pocket change no matter what. 

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  • Martin Van Letmework
    December 02, 2014 - 10:58

    Here's a crazy idea - why not just only choose to work fewer hours? If you want to work 25+ hours a week while in high school, all the power to you. Work experience is valuable and if you need the money to help your family, who is the government to tell you that you can't do that?

  • Sensible Parent
    October 07, 2014 - 17:54

    It is entirely appropriate to limit the number of hours a teen in high school can work. Education and health should be the priority. I would suggest 8-10 hours a week is a reasonable limit and should deliver any school age kid more than sufficient "pocket money".

  • workaholic
    September 13, 2014 - 09:49

    Are you out of your mind....aight!