Thursday, June 05, 2008

Guv To Teens: You Can Work

New Haven Independent

Even if you’re 15, you can start ringing up orders, thanks to a bill signed into law this week.

The bill was little noticed amid more controversial measures during the recent legislative session. But it will make a big difference for teens seeking employment this summer.

The law allows 15-year-olds to work as cashiers, baggers and stockers in retail stores. Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed it June 2.

Fifteen-year-olds used to be able to hold those jobs under a former law. But the law required that the state legislature renew it. The legislature never got around to it last year, so the law expired — and 15-year-olds were out of luck.

Then this spring they voted to renew it, retroactively. The law took effect immediately upon Rell’s signing it this week.

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