DOL imposes bigger penalties for child labor violations

“Protecting our youngest workers is one of this department’s top priorities. Beginning today, employers who hire children too young to work will face stiffer penalties.” – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

She ain’t kidding. Under the new penalty structure announced a few weeks ago, employers would owe $6,000 if they employed a worker age 12 or 13. Under 12, and the fine increases to $8,000 per violation. And some working circumstances could increase that even further to $11,000 per violation.

GULP. That’s a lot of money down the drain if you make a mistake. Thankfully, the Department of Labor has a “YouthRules!” website that can help you understand what you can and can’t do when it comes to the employment of minors. Click here to visit the YouthRules! website.

For more information on this topic, please read “US Department of Labor announces stiffer penalties for illegal employment of children.” Click here for the article.

Wondering what the rules are in your state? Download this helpful chart from our Wages and Hours book!


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