HR Management & Compliance

DOL Assesses Fines For Child Labor

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.,
has paid $31,680 in fines following accusations by the U.S. Department of Labor
(DOL) that the retailer violated child labor standards at two stores in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
The fines were the maximum DOL guidelines allow for these violations.


The DOL charged that
minors who were 16 and 17 years old loaded scrap paper balers and a paper box compactor,
in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) child labor provisions.
The FLSA prohibits minors under age 18 employed in nonagricultural occupations from
loading, operating, and unloading certain 
power-driven paper-product machines, including scrappaper balers and
paper box compactors.


The HR Management & Compliance Report: How To Comply with California Wage & Hour Law, explains everything you need to know to stay in compliance with the state’s complex and ever-changing rules, laws, and regulations in this area. Coverage on bonuses, meal and rest breaks, overtime, alternative workweeks, final paychecks, and more.


Last year, the DOL and
Wal-Mart entered a controversial agreement to settle allegations that Wal-Mart violated
child labor law by allowing young workers in New Hampshire,
Connecticut, and Arkansas to operate hazardous equipment. The
agreement called for the DOL to notify Wal-Mart 15 days before investigating and
gave Wal-Mart the ability to avoid fines under certain conditions. The DOL let
the agreement expire earlier this year.