New State Law Allows Teens to Work Later

July 29, 2005--Posted at 4:45 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR-- As of now teenagers are only allowed to work until 10 p.m. on a school night, but in two weeks that will change.
A state law will go into affect on August 12 allowing teenagers to work until 11 p.m. on a school night, but some teenagers, like John Meads, don't seem to mind.
"I think it will help the area. I have a lot of friends that work at Taco Bell and KFC, and they work till 12 or 1 in the morning."
John says he chooses to work and make money, rather than play sports and says it will help him in the long run.
"I think it's great to work at a young age. It teaches you responsibilities."
However with a longer night, comes less sleep, and the bus runs early.
"I keep a B or a C average, and that's ok with me. I don't think it will change too many grades. It won't make them too much worse."
Rodney Clayton, John's manager, says he feels it builds good work ethic.
"I believe the earlier a person can start to work the better off they are in life. Fourty percent of Jonesboro's employees are teenagers. This will help the community."
Not all jobs will be affected by the law, just the ones approved by the State Department of Labor. They will release the list next week.
In the meantime, John will enjoy that extra hour of sleep.