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I am thinking of hiring another person, mainly to do rough out work clean up etc. A kid from a local high school has expressed interest and I'm inclined to give him a shot. My question is: Have any of you ever hired someone under 18? The guy is 17 and I'm not sure of any particular liabilities I may have. Any help would be appreciated.
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From the Texas Workforce Commission's Website:

Call TWC’s Labor Law Department about child labor or payday law 800-832-9243 (in Texas only) or 512-475-2670 (Austin area and out-of-state).

Might be a good place to start just to cover yourself. Good luck with the new hire...

  
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Hiring someone under age in a hazardous work area can get you in trouble alone. Having them running saws is really asking for it. I would only hire someone under age after hours when there was no machinery running and no chemicals were airborne, just for clean up.
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Maybe run the planer too? And help with assembly. I guess I need to figure out if I can give him enough hours and still keep him away from the table saw jointer and bandsaw...
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And to think...this used to be the path to a young man's career...working in a shop in his teens to learn the ropes (apprentice) and build his skills.

I get being wary of all the laws though.

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When I was in business I frequently hired teens for weekend and after school work. It involved lifting at least 50 lbs but no running of machinery.

I was amply rewarded with the work they accomplished.

I am all for teen working.

When I was 15 years old I was working 31 hours a week running movie projectors at a local theater. There was some danger as I had to change carbon rods on 250 volt DC carbon arc light sources. Just do not forget to turn off the power first.

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Thankyou Pete! That's what I'm saying. I have been lucky enough to be able to train under some of our country's true masters. Now I want to be able to pass on some of that knowledge and a lot of passion but I'm scared of being sued. Sucks. Frankly I think I'm going to do it anyway. It's what I wanted someone to do for me and they did. Who am I if I don't pass it on?
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