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Dept. of Labor kicks off its "Safe Jobs for Youth" Campaign

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The Missouri Department of Labor is initiating its "Safe Jobs for Youth" ad campaign just in time for summer. KSMU's Megan Keathley has more.

With summer quickly approaching and teens across the state looking for summer jobs, the Division of Labor Standards believes now is the best time to encourage awareness about Missouri Child Labor Laws.

Wanda Seeny is a Public Information Administrator for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, referred to as DOLIR. She says the annual ad campaign is a tool for informing employers/ and young first-time workers/ about the regulations of Missouri work laws.

According to a statement released by DOLIR, on-the-job youth injuries have significantly decreased since 2006. That year, 1500 work-related teen accidents were reported, compared to only 530 a year later in 2007. Seeny says she wants to see that number shrink even more.

The Missouri DOLIR has launched a new, more-comprehensive website to replace the former teensworksafe.com. The new site, molaborlaws.com, contains resources for parents, schools, information on Missouri's Child Labor Law, and more. Listeners can check out the link at our website, KSMU.org

Links:

  • Missouri Labor Law website