FLSA law also covers child labor issues

by on April 2, 2009 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: HR Info Center

Executive management may not have known about their FLSA compliance failures

FLSA law also targets child-labor violations. The scope of DOL investigations extends beyond the obvious offenders to thousands of employers who hire young family members, teenage interns and after-school help.

As this case illustrates, employers may unknowingly subject themselves to several FLSA compliance violations

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During a surprise walk-through investigation of a North Carolina restaurant, FLSA investigators discovered numerous child-labor and law violations.

For example, a 14-year-old cook had suffered severe burns while carrying a pot of hot grease. Underage workers operated, cleaned and reassembled electric meat-cutting equipment. And minors employed as food servers routinely worked more hours than the law permits.

The DOL fined the employer $37,000 in civil penalties. Plus, the employer agreed to train its hiring managers in FLSA law. Company officials may not have been aware of the illegal and dangerous activities. They cooperated with the investigation and avoided additional penalties.

If you hire minors keep in mind that FLSA law allows 14- and 15-year olds to work during the school year, but not later than 7:00 pm (9:00 pm from June 1 until Labor Day) and no more than three hours on a school day or 18 hours during a school week.

These minors may work up to eight hours a day on non-school days or 40 hours during non-school weeks.

Cite: DOL v. Country Cottage Restaurant

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