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Did child labor penalties just get tougher?

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Q. I heard that the U.S. Department of Labor recently implemented tougher penalties against employers that illegally employ child workers. How have these penalties changed?

A. In June 2010, the DOL did enact stricter penalties for employers that illegally employ child workers. They’re a lot tougher.

Under the DOL’s new penalties, an employer will be fined a minimum of $8,000 per violation for illegally employing a worker under the age of 12 and a minimum of $6,000 per violation for illegally employing individuals who are 12 or 13.

Formerly, the minimum fine for illegally employing someone under the age of 12 was $900 for nonagricultural employment and $1,150 for agricultural employment. The former minimum fine for illegally employing 12- and 13-year-olds was $900 for nonagricultural employment and $775 for agricultural jobs.

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