Here is a solution for companies struggling to find workers when many capable people stay at home and perceive prolonged and excessive unemployment; Why not hire a 14 year old?

I have two very strong and capable 14 year old boys who would like to earn money in the summer. They are smart and ready to work, but they can’t because they’re not old enough. There are many like them who would love the chance to make their own money while improving your business.

I remember what it was like when I was 14 growing up in Union City. I would deliver the Jersey Journal, wash cars, later in Marlboro, mow lawns, paint wooden houses, whatever I could think of to make money. This kind of activity led me to later form a very successful mobile disc jockey business. it all started when I was 14.

According to an article from

“Under New Jersey law, no one under the age of 18 can work more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. When school is not in session, 14 and 15 year olds, with with the permission of a parent or guardian, can work until 9:00 p.m. “

Now, if you hire a 14 or 15 year old, there are limits as to what they can do or for how long they can do it. According to the daily balance

While New Jersey teens can work in a variety of jobs, the state has restrictions on the hours that 14 to 15 year olds can work. When school is in session, they cannot work more than 18 hours per week or more than three hours on school days. They cannot work more than eight hours per day on Saturday or Sunday and not more than six consecutive days in a pay week. When school does not work. is not in session, adolescents in this age group can work up to 40 hours per week. “

Of course, we are talking about entry-level jobs. Whatever help these hungry young children can offer, it’s better than what many of these struggling businesses are facing right now. Children could learn by entering high school what it’s like to work and have a good work ethic, and businesses receive much-needed help until September, when unemployment runs out. It’s a win-win situation.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. All opinions expressed are those of Steve. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 11pm. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.

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