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Hiring minors? Know the off-limits tasks

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Be careful what tasks you assign to teens if you’re planning on hiring them this summer.

Recent case: Ultra Mart Foods, the operator of two Pick ‘n Save grocery stores in Sheboy­gan, Wis., has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for allowing eight minors to operate scrap paper balers in violation of the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“Employers who hire young workers must comply with all federal and state regulations intended to keep our children safe on the job,” said Terri Walls, director of the Wage and Hour Divi­­sion’s Minneapolis District Office. “A paper baler is a dangerous piece of equipment capable of causing serious injury, and minors should not be put at risk operating such machinery.”

Tip: A list of hazardous occupations prohibited for minors is available on the Wage and Hour Division’s website at www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/docs/haznonag.asp.

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