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June 9, 2009

Jon and Kate Plus 8: A Good Reminder to Comply With Child Labor Laws

Filed under: Employment Law,General HR Buzz11:24 am

The hit reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ on The Learning Channel is currently under investigation for violation of Pennsylvania’s child labor laws. According to Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry, children under 7 are not allowed to work in radio or television without a special permit. Also, according to the Act of 1915, “No such minor shall appear in more than two performances in any one day nor in more than eight performances in any one week.”  This matter will likely boil down to the issue of “are the kids working, or are they simply being filmed during their daily routines (while mom and dad rake in the bucks).  Either way, this is a good reminder to employers that employ minors, especially as we approach the summer hire season.

Child labor provisions under FLSA are designed to protect the educational opportunities of youth and prohibit their employment in jobs that are detrimental to their health and safety. FLSA restricts the hours that youth under 16 years of age can work and lists hazardous occupations too dangerous for young workers to perform. Enforcement of the FLSA’s child labor provisions is handled by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department’s Employment Standards Administration.  Additionally, most states have child labor laws. State child labor laws may be more protective or less protective of working children than the federal child labor laws (FLSA).  For example, states may have different minimum ages for employment, different hours of work restrictions, and additional occupations identified as hazardous.  And remember, if a working child is protected by both federal and state child labor laws, then the more protective law (whether it is the state or the federal law) is followed.

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