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3 Ways to Thrive With Teenage Workers in a Tight Job Market

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Lingering labor shortages may encourage small businesses to hire more teenagers or try to keep them on the payroll after summer ends — moves that can bring three advantages to businesses willing to put in some extra effort, experts say.

The advantage: Many adult workers may want steady, 9-to-5-on-weekdays schedules, but teenagers are often looking for just the opposite. That could be huge for small-business owners who want to grow their weekend, evening or seasonal revenues.

“You’ve got a lot of flexibility there, especially when you’re those small businesses who are really looking at needing that additional help during those kinds of hours,” says Andrew Meadows, senior vice president of HR, brand and culture at fintech company Ubiquity Retirement Savings in San Francisco.

The extra effort: A variety of federal and state labor laws apply to teen workers (the Department of Labor’s YouthRules website offers an overview). Those rules affect everything from what types of work teens can perform,........

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