YouthRules! was launched by the U.S. Department of Labor in May 2002 to increase public awareness of Federal and State rules concerning young workers. Through the YouthRules! initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its partners seek to promote positive and safe work experiences that help prepare young workers to enter the 21st Century workforce.
Every year, millions of teens work in part-time or summer jobs. Early work experiences can be rewarding for young workers – providing great opportunities for teens to learn important work skills. Federal and State rules regarding young workers strike a balance between ensuring sufficient time for educational opportunities and allowing appropriate work experiences. The YouthRules! web page is a gateway providing quick access to information about Federal and State labor laws that apply to young workers. The web page includes information designed to educate teens, parents, educators and employers about the hours youth can work, the jobs youth can do, and how to prevent workplace injuries. Also as part of the YouthRules! initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its partners will develop and distribute informational materials, develop curricula for educators, provide training on the Federal and State rules governing young workers, increase awareness through public service announcements, and develop other tools (stickers, posters, bookmarks, checklists) designed to increase compliance with Federal and State laws. YouthRules! – an innovative approach to bring teens, parents, educators, employers, government, unions and advocacy groups together to ensure young workers have safe and rewarding work experiences.