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Senate Passes Schaffer Bill Addressing Workforce Shortages


COLUMBUS – State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 251 by the Ohio Senate, which would allow 14 and 15-year-olds to work until 9:00 p.m. year-round in Ohio with their parent’s consent.

“Thirteen states currently allow youth under the age of 16 to work until 9:00 p.m. year-round, earning a good wage while providing local employers with consistent staff and helping small businesses keep their doors open,” said Schaffer.

Currently, federal and state law prohibits 14-15-year-olds to work past 9:00 p.m. during the summer, and past 7:00 p.m. during the school year. Under the bill, minors who wish to work until 9:00 p.m. during the school year must have the approval of a parent or legal guardian.

“This legislation reinforces the guardrails protecting 14 and 15-year-olds already in code,” Schaffer explained. “Ohio law says 14 and 15-year-olds may not work between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am, and no more than 3 hours a day and 18 hours a week while school is in session. These guardrails do not change under Senate Bill 251.”

Senate Bill 251 will now be sent to the Ohio House for further consideration. For more information, click here.