Six Flags New England seeks child labor exemption

Posted Monday, June 17, 2002 4:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags New England has asked local and state legislators to give them a child labor exemption that would allow them to work 16 and 17-year old until midnight.

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Monday, June 17, 2002 5:30 AM

This should be put in place with exceptions, they shoulds have a choice of when they want to stop. How late is SFNE open? Or would this just apply to ride ops who still have people in the line when the park closes?

Monday, June 17, 2002 5:51 AM
I think this a good idea but they should ask the 16 and 17 year olds how late they want to work. I would work to midnight if i worked there and could drive.
Monday, June 17, 2002 10:38 AM

The kids should definetly be able to work late, if they want to. As long as the kids (and their parents) are fine with it, why shouldn't they?

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Monday, June 17, 2002 12:25 PM
Exactly, appartently restuarants and race tracks can, (Now 16 and 17 year-olds can't work beyond 10 p.m. except at restaurants and race tracks.) so I think that amusement parks could strike a deal.
Monday, June 17, 2002 12:54 PM
When I worked at the Adventuredome (when i was 17) we worked until after midnight on non school days such as weekends and holidays.

Nevada's labor laws have limits for 14 and 15 year olds, but once you turn 16 you can work any hours.

In Las Vegas we have a curfew of midnight on weekdays and 9 on weekends on the strip (midnight everywhere else). To get around this, you are told to carry yor work permit if working after curfew. This only applies to those under 18.
*** This post was edited by baddboy on 6/17/2002. ***

Monday, June 17, 2002 5:46 PM
For some reason, I thought in NY it was that you couldn't work late while school was in session, but during the summer, it was okay. I am not really sure to be honest. I think it should be up to the parents/kids, not the government, especially when school is not in session. Some kids can handle it, other's can't.

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Monday, June 17, 2002 6:33 PM
A good way to resolve this issue is if the parks would hire more adults such as college students looking for a good summer seasonal job and hire fewer people in the 16 to 18 year age range,it's just my opinion though. *** This post was edited by BATWING FAN SFA on 6/17/2002. ***
Monday, June 17, 2002 8:31 PM

It used to be in NYS (not sure if this is still true though) that you had to be 18 to be a ride op because it was considered heavy machinery. 16-17 year olds could only work in food stands, games or grounds.

Anyone know what the rule in Mass is now? Maybe this doesn't have to do at all with the rides but the other aspects of the park.

Tuesday, June 18, 2002 2:54 AM

Well, down here we breed 'em tough.

When I was I think 15 I worked plenty of 12am and 1am shifts at a fast food joint. Lord knows if there were any laws back then, and if there are any now.

I think if they are willing to work the hours, then it should be allowed.

However, I'm with those who said these positions should be opened up for older, university (or college, whatever the inferior equivalent is over there :) ) people. They generally need the money a lot more than the younger people did.

So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?

Tuesday, June 18, 2002 1:28 PM

Let 'em work if they want to. I know parks have a difficult time staffing up sometimes. This should help.

"If the beats were made of meat then they would have to be me ..." - L.L. Cool J

Wednesday, June 19, 2002 1:46 PM
In Ohio, 16/17 year-olds have to be off the property by 1am if school is not in session, 11pm otherwise. 14/15 year-olds are 9pm if no school the next day and 7pm if it is. I don't see any reason why a 16 year-old can not work to midnight.
Sunday, October 27, 2002 7:03 AM

to RubberDucky:

the park is latest to close at 10:00pm.not so many people are at the park in lines when it closes.They do clean up the park probably though...


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