As people flock to the shore and other tourist attractions this summer, the staff shortage has become increasingly noticeable. New Jersey is taking steps to help alleviate some employment issues for seasonal small business owners.
New Labor Law Limits for Minors
This past Tuesday, NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed a bipartisan bill into law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to work up to 50 hours a week and up to 10 hours a day during the summer months in New Jersey. The law also specifics that 14- and 15-year-olds can work up to 40 hours a week during the summer. This new law makes permanent a temporary measure that expanded the hours for teens last summer but expired on Labor Day.
Student Working Papers
In addition to the increase in work hours, the law also simplifies the process of getting working papers. The state Department of Labor will be creating a centralized database where teens can register for working papers once instead of the school district issuing working papers whenever the teenager gets a new job. However, these changes will not go into effect until June 1, 2023.
These changes are in hopes of assisting with the staffing shortages that the Jersey shore will be hit especially hard with this summer.
Running a seasonal business can be stressful as is. Don’t let payroll and HR compliance be yet another stressor on your busy plate. Fifteen states require students to submit working papers and several other states besides NJ also impose limits on teens’ working hours. Abacus Payroll can help you be compliant and put you in the right direction when you need specific HR or labor law guidance. Contact us today for a free quote.