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Put the kids to work

A.M. Stofko, of The Record staff

With the sound of the final school bell about to ring, Park City will experience an influx of job seekers not seen since the ski season ended. Hundreds of students, normally holed up in educational institutions for a third of the day, will be released back into the community. Some will fill this time with various types of camps, video game marathons and general laziness.

But for the ambitious young entrepreneur, the summer is an ideal time to earn a few bucks. Working part-time (no more than 20 hours a week) for 12 weeks at minimum wage brings in about $982 — after the government takes out about 30 percent for taxes. Still, that’s plenty for a new gaming console, MP3 player or other small consumer electronic device. Or, for those looking to purchase their first car, it will just about cover the cost of a decrepit ride. More hours would be required to pay for plates, registration and driver’s license fees.

Currently, the state’s minimum wage is on par with the federal rate at $5.85 and will increase July 24 to $6.55 as part of a spending bill signed by President George Bush last year. (This is the second increase before it reaches the final amount of $7.25, which will go into effect July 24, 2009.)

It’s important for kids seeking — and employers offering — work to keep child labor laws in mind. During the summer, employers can schedule 14- and 15-year-olds up to 40 hours a week, as it’s considered a non-school week. From June 1 to Labor Day, September 1 this year, hours worked can be from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. After turning 16, these restrictions no longer apply.

For youth workers, it’s important to know your rights. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services:

  • Although some exceptions apply, employers generally may not take money out of your paycheck for breakage, cash shortages, tools and uniforms.
  • You must receive a regular paycheck, whether it’s weekly, bi-weekly or monthly showing any deductions (such as taxes).
  • After five hours of working, most jobs will give at least a 30-minute unpaid lunch and a 10-minute paid break for every four hours worked.
  • law, those under 18 years old cannot be required to work hazardous jobs, including: manufacturing and storing of explosives; power-driven bakery or meat machines; or driving a motor vehicle. According to Dean Campbell of the U.S. Department of Labor, there are some special requirements for drivers under 18 to drive a motor vehicle on the road, such as driving limited distances. The full list is available from YouthRules.dol.gov.

    Although the traditional rite-of-passage age for working is 16, those younger than this shouldn’t feel left out.

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    According to the Youth Rules! Web site, part of the Department of Labor, those under 13 may seek employment as: newspaper carriers, babysitters or work for their parents’ business or farm.

    Upon turning 14, a few more opportunities are available. In addition to the above, they may also work in places such as offices, grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants or movie theaters.

    The resorts will be reopening soon, and if you’re stumped for where to start looking for summer work, try one of these:

    Department of Workforce Services – Park City

    1960 Sidewinder Dr., Suite 202 Phone (435) 649-8451

    The DWS Web site offers a variety of resources for job seekers, such information about job fairs, training services and a site specifically for youth (JustForYouth.Utah.Gov). This is a good place to start if the whole process seems overwhelming.

    Park City Mountain Resort

    1310 Lowell Ave.

    (435) 649-8111

    ParkCityMountain.com

    E-mail: jobs@pcski.com

    Deer Valley

    1375 Deer Valley Dr. Human Resources: (800) 475-4562 or (435) 645-6654

    DeerValley.com E-mail: jobs@deervalley.com

    Erin Grady, communications manager for Deer Valley, said the eligibility for workers is age-dependant, but the resort will hire workers 14 years old or older for positions such as bussers and runners. For other currently available jobs, such as host/hostess, you must be 16 years old or older.

    The Canyons

    4000 The Canyons Resort Dr.

    Human Resources: (435) 615-2216

    TheCanyons.com Email: jobs@thecanyons.com

    Bruno Schwartz, international program manager for The Canyons, said most of their jobs start off for those 16 years old and older. These include: cashiers, rental shop clerks, bussers and housekeepers. For any other job available, it’s 18 years old and older.

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