Bill would make it easier to hire minors

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The House of Representatives approved a bill Monday aimed at making it easier for businesses to hire minors.

Currently, employers must obtain a work permit signed by the commissioner of the Department of Labor for each minor they intend to employ.

In a sponsor statement, Ogan had said the current law discourages farmers from hiring young workers for the harvest season because it takes too long to get approval.

House Bill 128, sponsored by Rep. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, would allow employers to get advance approval from the Department of Labor to hire teens 14 and older for certain types of jobs.

That would allow businesses to hire teens and submit the work permit paperwork after the fact. A teen's parents would still need to provide permission for the youth to work.

The measure passed 29-0.

Ogan, who is recovering from a heart attack in an Anchorage hospital, was not able to vote on the bill.

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