Fans of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” can relax. After an investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry decided not to fine the popular reality TV show for alleged child labor violations.
Investigators found the production company failed to obtain the proper work permits for the children before taping. But in exchange for the company’s promise to obtain permits in the future, state officials elected not to fine the show’s producers. Plus, 15% of future revenues from the show must be put in a trust fund for the children.
Note: Both federal and state laws restrict the hours and type of work performed by young employees. Find federal info at www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor and links to your state child labor laws at www.youthrules.dol.gov/states.htm.