Post by wenonah4th on Apr 21, 2011 14:57:57 GMT -5
I have to wonder about that cashier in MA ande Too Many Boys. Does anyone know how rules have changed since the book came out? Or maybe Ice Cream Palace was a family business that his family ran and he could work there a lot in vacation?
Post by oldhickory on Apr 21, 2011 22:00:13 GMT -5
i know laws are changing all the time, but i doubt that kids that young were allowed to work, even 25 years ago. and don't you need a food handler's permit to work in a restaurant? i couldn't see anybody giving a permit to a 12 year old kid.
^I agree and what about Logan and the Rosebud or worst of all Mary Anne at the mall? I think when I was growing up you could get a work permit at 15, most teens didn't start their first job until 16 or 17. I volunteered at 14 1/2 but didn't get paid.
Post by sparklymouse on Apr 22, 2011 7:59:54 GMT -5
I think it varies from state to state. In WI you can get a work permit at 14. Your hours have restrictions, both how long you work per day/week and how early/late you can work each day. I think you can be younger if it is a family owed place.
The minimum age for working papers is 14 in New Jersey, too. I had friends who worked off the books at family businesses when they were younger. I knew a girl who Windex-and-newspapered the cases at her family's jewelry store for her allowance. The only food related jobs I can remember were sixth- and seventh-graders handling food at what I now realize was a seriously shady Dairy Queen. When I was in middle school I didn't think anything of it, but now that I realize what a major health code violation that must have been I'm kind of grossed out.
Post by sparklymouse on Apr 22, 2011 14:58:06 GMT -5
^It also depends on where you're working. A smaller or privately owned business is more likely to bend the law than a big corporation or franchise. I think the bigger you are the more likely you are to get sued if something happened to the kid.