Thousands of teenagers in California are likely looking forward to their summer jobs. Employers who take on young workers will probably be aware that many of them enter the workforce feeling invincible. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health requires business owners to provide adequate safety training and information about workers' compensation eligibility.
Regardless of whether young workers start their jobs this summer in temporary or permanent positions, they will be entitled to worker's compensation benefits if they should suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. This applies even for those who are younger than 18 years, and they need not be legal U.S. residents to receive benefits. It is a no-fault system that pays benefits regardless of who was at fault.