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Top 5 Summer Employment Tips for Employees

By Christopher Coble, Esq. | Last updated on

Whether you're just getting your first summer job, or you're 20 years in to the workforce, you're probably missing those summer days when work was the furthest thing from your mind. It's no fun working when it feels like the rest of the world is playing.

And whether you have questions about how much you can get paid for working a summer job, or how long you can get paid time off during the summer months, we've got some answers for you. Here are some tips for summer employees, from our archives:

If your teenager is heading out looking for a summer job (or you are that teenager), you're probably wondering about age requirements, minimum wage laws, work permits, and whether summer workers are employees, independent contractors, or interns. Here's what you need to know.

2. For Students, Labor Laws May Limit Work Hours

States may have statutes that cap how many hours high schoolers can work, and colleges and universities may have their own recommendations or regulations regarding on- or off-campus employment. Make sure you know whether these rules extend to the summer months, especially if you'll be enrolled in summer school.

3. Do I Get Overtime Pay as a Summer Employee?

Wage and hour laws that apply to summer workers will depend on whether your employer classifies you as an intern, independent contractor, or employee. And you should be familiar enough with those laws to know whether your employer has classified you (and thus is paying you) properly.

Of course you want more money in your bank account. But there are other ways a summer job can pay off. Building a resume, business contacts, and colleagues that you can rely on for future recommendations are just a few of the ways to make summer work worth it.

5. Can Your Boss Make You Work on a Holiday?

You may have trouble convincing your boss that three months over the summer are all one holiday. But there are quite a few holidays that pop up during the summer months. So, can you get time off for those holidays, can it be paid, or can your boss force you to work on those days?

If you have more legal questions about summer work, an experienced employment law attorney is just a click or call away.

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