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Child Labor Protection Act

On June 12, 2007, the House passed the Child Labor Protection Act of 2007, H.R. 2637, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act by increasing penalties for those who violate child labor provisions. The Fair Labor Standards Act, enacted in 1938, prohibits businesses from employing minors in “oppressive child labor.' If businesses violate these laws, they can be fined by the Department of Labor.  

This legislation:  

  • Increases penalties from $11,000 to $50,000 for violations that cause death of or serious injury to any employee under 18 years old
  • Provides that the penalty can be doubled when the violation causing death or serious injury in repeated or willful
  • Provides that the $50,000 penalty can be assessed for each violation
  • Increases civil penalties that may be assessed against a business for violating child labor laws from $10,000 to $11,000
  • Provides that a $1,100 penalty can be assessed against a business that violates wage laws for minors; an authority the Department of Labor currently does not have