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Aug 07, 2012

Hiring Summer Groundskeepers

Q&AWage and Hour 

Q: Can we have the 15-year-old son of one of our employees operate a gas-powered push or riding lawn mower around our office building this summer?

A: No. Workers under the age of 16 cannot operate tractors with more than 20 PTO horsepower (which might suggest that a riding mower could be okay if it’s under 20 HP); however, there is a specific prohibition in Washington on children under the age of 16 operating power lawn mowers and other powered lawn-care equipment, and to anyone 18 or under from operating commercial-grade powered equipment. The rules on employment of minors are very detailed and fact-specific. Contact Vigilant to learn more.

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