Letter: Law change affects youth employment

Employers have less than a month left to prepare for a change in youth-employment law in Indiana. In the 2020 session, the General Assembly amended youth-employment law to eliminate work permits for minor employees effective July 1. But that change comes with a new responsibility for Hoosier employers, and one that bears a penalty of up to $400 per infraction if an employer is found to be out of compliance with the new law.

Starting July 1, employers who hire five or more minor employees (under age 18), per location, must register those employees in the new Youth Employment System, or YES for short. Schools will no longer be responsible for tracking and reporting minor employee data. That responsibility will rest with the employer.

This change will help take administrative burden off of the schools, simplify the process for both students and employers, and enable employers to more quickly onboard minor employees.

Schools will continue to have the opportunity to monitor which employers are hiring minor employees in their communities via YES and can request public information in the system specific to their students.

To help employers prepare for this change, the Bureau of Youth Employment (a division of the Indiana Department of Labor) launched YES on June 1—giving affected employers time to set up their accounts and test-drive the system before the new law goes into effect. Employers can get started by visiting dol.in.gov/youthemployment.htm.

Employers and local business organizations can also request a digital communication kit to help inform their Indiana affiliates and local employers about this change in youth-employment law. To request a kit, organizations can email media@dol.in.gov and type YES KIT in the subject line.•


Michael Myers, director
Bureau of Youth Employment
Indiana Department of Labor

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