Paul DeCamp, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was cited in HR Dive, in “DOL Urges Employers to Prioritize Safety for Young, Summer Hires,” by Kate Tornone.

Following is an excerpt:

DOL’s Fair Labor Standards Act regulations prohibit employers from allowing young workers to perform certain tasks and work certain hours. The mandates vary by industry, as outlined on DOL’s website, and states have their own requirements, too.

As Looman noted, WHD has been active in this enforcement area lately. It moved to add investigators to the team earlier this year, and has publicized recent investigations that uncovered alleged child labor violations. For example, it said in March that seven Little Caesars franchises in Tennessee violated child labor regulations by allowing teens to remove food from ovens and scheduling them to work more than 18 hours in a school week and more than 40 hours in a week when school was not in session. The agency assessed the employer more than $160,000 in civil penalties.

To avoid running afoul of the FLSA and its regulations in general, a former WHD administrator recently told HR Dive that employers should educate managers in applicable wage and hour requirements. This must go beyond handbook policies, said Paul DeCamp, now a member of the firm at Epstein Becker Green; instead, HR should provide interactive training and hold managers accountable if rules aren’t followed.

Related reading:

Paul DeCamp Featured in “5 Timekeeping Tips from a Former WHD Administrator”


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