TEEN SCENE: Restrictions on youth employment good for all

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Today’s question: Do you think there should be restrictions around the number of hours young people can work?

Carmelita Roberts

By Carmelita Roberts

One of the most common conversations among adolescents right now is summer employment. Friends want to know where each other will work and for how many hours; the most someone will say is 40 hours a week.

That’s because there are law restrictions to when a youth is allowed to work. Some people might believe these restrictions should be lifted, although in my opinion, these limits contribute to a just society.

In many less fortunate countries, there are no laws for youth employment. As a result, young people are being abused and forced to work for longer than they can handle. This is not healthy, and not fair. Therefore, the laws of the Youth Employment Act prevent adolescents from being taken advantage of.

As for people who work throughout the school year, there is a restriction of three hours per school day. After spending about six hours a day working hard at school, it is a lot to ask of a young person to spend even more time at their job – especially with extracurricular activity involvement and homework.

If the employee is in high school, chances are they have a lot going on and I am grateful that our Canadian society recognizes this.

Excessive responsibility is not suitable for any individual.

Even though some adolescents want to make as much money as they can, we have the rest of our lives to work. I believe it is important to have time for relaxation and to take the focus off our studies.

Consequently, the reasons behind the restrictions on youth employment are to maintain a fair, safe, and healthy environment for growing, developing teens.


Carmelita Roberts is a writer for Teen Scene and Grade 11 student at Bluefield High School. Join the forum, comment on this article and other Teen Scene submissions can be made at www.journalpioneer.com

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  • johnny
    June 12, 2014 - 09:39

    There is no reason to restrict the number of hours a young person can work. Sweatshop labour in other countries has absolutely no bearing on what happens here. If a young person wants to work 50 hours per week that should be their decision and nobody else's. If a 17 year old cannot handle working more than three days a week while they are in school what will happen when they have to work and go to university, which is much more difficult than high school.