TRENTON – Until September 6, some New Jersey teens are allowed to work up to 50 hours per week.
Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday enacted legislation intended to help address summer worker shortage as COVID-19 measures improve and businesses ashore brace for rebound from induced downturn by the pandemic of last summer.
Minors between the ages of 16 and 18 are generally limited to 40 hours of work per week, but the new law increases the weekly maximum to 50 hours for this age group until Labor Day. The permission of a parent or guardian is required.
“Businesses in coastal and tourist communities are struggling to find employees for the busy summer season,” said Senator Steven Oroho, R-Sussex. “This is a temporary solution to a temporary problem, but the extra 10 hours each week could help both the worker and the company. “
The signing of the bill received praise from the Garden State business groups. Michele Siekerka, president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, said increasing working hours for teens gives employers the flexibility they need most when they need it most. .
“This will allow them to fill in the gaps left by workers who do not return, with plenty of time for the summer tourist season,” Siekerka said. “At the same time, it will also create greater opportunities for young workers to earn more money between school years.”
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