The federal Department of Labor (DOL) published extensive revisions to child labor regulations on May 20, 2010. These new regulations, which go into effect on July 19, 2010, are designed to protect working children from workplace hazards while recognizing the value of safe work for children and their families. Some of these revisions are listed below.
Workers under 18 are prohibited from:
In regards to 14- and 15-year-olds, these regulations:
What should employers do?
We understand that the DOL intends to increase its audit efforts in this area. Due to the significant risk to minors that the DOL is attempting to avoid as well as the potential fines, penalties, and negative PR for employers, we urge our clients to examine their child labor policies and make any amendments as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that in addition to the above new federal guidelines, you also need to comply with any child labor restrictions imposed by your state which may include obtaining work permits prior to employing minors. For more information, see the California DLSE’s publication California Child Labor Laws and the Hawaii DLIR’s State of Hawaii Child Labor Law and Related Administrative Rules.
For further information on the new federal regulations, please see the Wage and Hour Division’s article entitled, “ Updating Child Labor Regulations for the 21st Century or call 1.866.4USWAGE (1.866.487.9243).
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