A Burger King in Ohio posted a sign at their drive thru saying they will hire 14 and 15 year olds, and people on social media are apparently outraged.
There is an obvious shortage of fast food workers across the country.
Restaurants near where I live have even posted signs that they are only using the drive thru, or they are completely closed on certain days, because they simply don’t have the workforce to cover the demands of the restaurant.
Not to mention the LINES at all of these fast food joints — it has gotten ridiculous!
Many restaurants are DESPERATE to hire employees, putting up signs in front of their stores and even posting on facebook, begging people to come work for them.
In Ohio, teenagers are allowed to work as young as 14.
Don’t worry — labor laws in the state of Ohio are still taking care of them, limiting the amount of hours and the types of jobs that they can work.
Burger King was simply letting people know that, if their kids WANTED employment, they would be happy to hire them on for part time work.
People, though have lost their minds, and can’t believe Burger King would do such a thing.
I, personally, don’t see what all the freaking out on social media is about.
It’s not like Burger King is demanding child labor.
They are simply making people aware of the fact that they are allowed to hire at 14 years old.
Man, I remember when I was 15 — I wanted a job SO badly!!
I even wrote to the state of Texas, and got a work permit.
Six Flags Over Texas hired me right up at 15, and nobody thought anything about it — I wanted a job, and my parents agreed I could get one, so I did.
I had, what you call, a work ethic — maybe you have heard of it — people in the olden days were expected to have one when they went into their jobs.
In Ohio, once a teenager reaches 16 and 17 year olds, they can work at an even broader range of jobs than the 14 and 15 year olds can work.
The requirement is that, at such a young age, they aren’t allowed to do what is “explicitly deemed to be too hazardous.”
So, if a kid WANTS to work, and the parents say it’s okay, they are ALLOWED to work — maybe people don’t agree with it, but it’s the law.
They aren’t being REQUIRED to work — but they are ALLOWED to work.
Ohio even goes as far as requiring that the kid be in school!
Ohio child labor laws require any youth who are of compulsory school age to obtain an age and schooling certificate before they may be employed and an employer may not employ a youth without first obtaining a the youth’s age and schooling certificate.Employment Law Handbook
While the kids are in school, 14 and 15 year olds can’t work more than 3 hours during the school week.
The maximum work hours they can work on the weekends is capped at 8 hours.
Also, the total number of hours they can work per week is 18 hours.
The law also has specific requirements for breaks — they HAVE to get a 30 minute break after working 5 hours.
Don’t worry — Ohio has the best interest of the teenagers at heart!!
So, Burger King isn’t trying to harm the teenagers — they are simply OFFERING them the chance to come and work at their restaurant.
I would have TOTALLY jumped at that when I was a kid.
Look, I started out, at 15 years old, making $3.85 an hour.
These kids are going to be paid the going rate for minimum wage — which is $8.70 an hour.
These young kids are going to make BANK at an early age!!
Just imagine — they can start saving up for a car, they can put money back toward college, they can go shopping and spend their OWN money on things!!
What do you think? Is this exploiting children? Is this a bad practice? Is it good for those teens that WANT to work?