Summer Child Labor Laws Start
Tony and Joe Stiffler have worked at Hy-Vee since they were 14.
"We started out doing courtesy, and that was like pushing carts and bagging groceries and just stuff like that, you know, more simple things," said Joe Stiffler.
Now, the 16-year-old Stiffler twins are no longer restricted by the same Missouri child labor laws they have followed for the past two years.
Hour and duty limits for 14- and 15-year-old employees make scheduling difficult, but one local employer said it's worth the trouble.
"They are great kids. They are young. They are excited about working," said Paula Triebsch, Hy-Vee human resources manager. "A lot of them are my best employees."
Employers also benefit because many young employees continue working for the company as they get older.
"It's also an excellent way to recruit future workers," said Gilbert Hake of the Missouri Career Center. "I very rarely lose 14- and 15-year-olds except for when they move up to be 16 and they have more opportunities in the store."
Tony Stiffler said, "I'd say it's an advantage to get a job early because once you get to where you have to pay gas and stuff, once you get a car, you're going to wish you had money."
The Stiffler twins plan to keep working through high school.
In order to work while they're attending school, 14- and 15-year-olds have to get a work certificate. During the school year, they have to finish their shift by 7 p.m., but from June 1-Labor Day, they can work until 9 p.m.