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    Question What is your opinion on teenagers working for cash in hand?

    Im just wondering what peoples opinions are when it comes to teenagers working for cash in hand?

    Is it sending them the wrong message ?

    Yes its great that they are working but shouldnt they do it legally? As in through a tax file number and bank account?

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    For me it depends on who they're working for - mowing the neighbour's lawn, babysitting etc then no but if they're working for a business then yes definitely.

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    Default What is your opinion on teenagers working for cash in hand?

    How does the employer get away with cash in hand these days?

    not only is it illegal but it makes no sense as you can't claim the cash you give them( or justify to the tax department why you are taking cash out of your business without paying tax!) or cover them
    with workers comp etc

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    couldn't care less really. As long as they want to work i suppose.

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    Default What is your opinion on teenagers working for cash in hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hulahoop View Post
    For me it depends on who they're working for - mowing the neighbour's lawn, babysitting etc then no but if they're working for a business then yes definitely.
    This ^^
    Although I know of a few local small takeaway businesses here that only pay cash in hand and I have noticed it seems to be people of different ethnicity. For eg the fish and chip shop is run by a Greek man and another takeaway store run by Vietnamese.

    Other things around here that are cash in hand is mostly farm work, cotton chipping, harvesting etc. It's only seasonal and I don't see anything wrong with that.

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    One example I can think of is an asian restaurant. Like others have said the main issue I have is if the worker gets hurt.

    Babysitting or helping family/friends with lawn mowing isnt what Im concerned with.

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    As PP said, working for an individual, ie babysitting or mowing the neighbour's lawn I think cash in hand is fine. Working for a business then no, it should be done through the books.

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    Working for a business = NO WAY

    baby sitting/ lawn mowing/ small jobs for friends/family = OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    I don't care about babysitting or helping someone out- but other cash in hand work is dangerous. I have known and seen how easy it is to get hurt on the job, I would hate for a child to get seriously hurt and miss out on work etc because of an accident. I cannot imagine what benefit it would be to a kid to take cash in hand anyway- usually it means less pay per an hour. The award wage is so piddy to begin with, I shudder to think of someone getting paid even less and being happy about it!
    I agree 100%.....in the past we have had many staff ask us to pay cash in hand but we always say no. Not worth it for us/them if they get hurt. I would never let my kids work for cash in hard.


    eta: when I was a teen I did some work for a local sporting club, they said 'we want to pay you on the books, so it will be at the award wage' I was happy with that so I took the job....come pay day they paid me a pittance, when I mentioned it and showed them the correct award wage for a 17yo on a Sunday they tried to offer the low rate for cash in hand.

    In the end I got paid the high rate and it was on the books, but I was in the position of being able to live without the job and I also had access to family who know an a lot about the laws regarding this type of thing.
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    Default What is your opinion on teenagers working for cash in hand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hulahoop View Post
    For me it depends on who they're working for - mowing the neighbour's lawn, babysitting etc then no but if they're working for a business then yes definitely.
    This!


 

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