Wednesday, February 16, 2005

DOL Fines Wal-Mart

From U.S. NewsWire:

The U.S. Department of Labor has fined Wal-Mart $135,540 in civil money penalties for violating the youth employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for allowing teenage workers to operate hazardous equipment.

"Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer with approximately 3,000 stores, is headquartered in Bentonville, Ark.

The department investigated the company from October 1998 through April 2002, at its stores located in Connecticut, Arkansas, and New Hampshire. The investigations revealed that Wal-Mart employed 85 minors aged 16 and 17 who performed prohibited activities, including loading and occasionally operating or unloading scrap paper balers, and operating fork lifts. Of the 25 investigations, 21 were in Connecticut, three were in Arkansas, and one was in New Hampshire."

Wal-Mart Agrees to Pay Fine for Violating Child Labor Laws; Company Signs Settlement Agreement with Labor Department

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Ct. AG Richard Blumenthal has sharply criticized the settlement and called for an investigation by a number of other state AG's. For an interesting paper on the role of AG's on enforcing Wage and Hour laws, see Peter Romer-Friedman's paper found at http://www.stateag.org at the AG Library.

Posted by: James Tierne | Feb 16, 2005 8:28:25 PM

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