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Why is this dialogue taking place?

In 2018, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in partnership with the Wage and Hour Division and several organizations, created a social media campaign to engage teen workers and inform influential adults (i.e. teachers, social services, parents, employers, etc.) about the types of work prohibited under federal law for teen workers, the time of day and number of hours they are permitted to work, workplace hazards and exposure controls, and related concerns for teen workers. The goal of this campaign was to provide awareness of and information about worker rights and workplace safety and health to employers of teens and teen workers employed over the summer and winter breaks. Collaborating organizations used social media messaging to share videos, images, and other graphics for teen and adult audiences. We found that the campaign did not, however, have the desired reach. There were also gaps in the tools and resources used in the campaign that were engaging for teen.

As part of this campaign, the department wanted to host a series of online dialogues to gather input and ideas from the public, including teen, parents, other stakeholders, and subject matter experts about how the department can best inform teen workers of their rights and protections in the workplace.

Why participate?

This dialogue will provide teens, employers, influential adults and other members of the public an opportunity to play a role in shaping the department’s communications strategies for teens. The input gathered through this dialogue will be used to guide the department's efforts to educate and provide resources to the public about worker rights and how to ensure workplaces are fair and safe for teen workers.

Who should participate?

This online event is open to the general public and to anyone interested in joining the conversation, the department especially wants current and prospective teen workers, employers, and other adult influencers (i.e. parents, social services, educators, etc.) to share their thoughts and ideas on what work-related resources would be helpful to provide teen workers and best practices or innovative ways to provide these resources to teen workers via social media.

To begin participating in the online dialogue, return to the dialogue's home page and register to submit ideas and vote and comment on ideas submitted by others. For more information visit the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy's Empowering Teen Workers webpage.