Child Labor

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    Will summer ever come to Michigan in 2014? Hopefully, by the time this article reaches you, the long winter will be far behind us. Regardless of the temperature, however, you can be sure that high- school students will soon be available for summer help. If you plan to hire minors this summer, or at any time, you should be familiar with Michigan's...
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    On January 21, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a pregnancy discrimination amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The amendment took effect immediately. The NJLAD now expressly includes pregnancy and childbirth as protected categories. The amendment prohibits employers from treating pregnant workers less favorably...
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    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) outlines employers' obligations on time employees spend waiting to work and conditions under which children may be employed. Children ages 14 through 17 may work only under specific conditions and during certain hours, depending on their age. Also, depending on the circumstances, waiting time by employees...
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    A 21-year-old male shift manager picks up a 15-year-old female employee from school, but instead of taking her to work as planned, they spend the next three days drinking alcohol, taking drugs, and engaging in sexual activities. Is the employer liable for its shift manager's off- duty conduct? No, says the 10th Circuit. Shift manager 'parties'...
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    A 21-year-old male shift manager picks up a 15-year-old female employee from school, but instead of taking her to work as planned, he offers her marijuana. They spend the next three days drinking alcohol, taking drugs, and engaging in sexual activities. Is the employer liable for its shift manager's off-duty conduct? No, says the U.S. 10th Circuit...
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    The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) conducts wage and hour investigations for a number of reasons, all of which have to do with enforcing the law and ensuring employers' compliance. During a wage and hour investigation, you may be called on to produce records and answer questions regarding a wide variety of issues....
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    As we approach the start of another summer, many employers will be asked to employ minors. Thus, we want to remind you of the potential pitfalls that can occur with employees under 18. While employing younger workers can benefit both the employees and the employer, you must make sure that employment is permitted under state and federal child labor...
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    New EEOC plan identifies enforcement priorities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has approved a new Strategic Enforcement Plan that establishes six national priorities. They are (1) eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring, (2) protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable workers, (3) addressing emerging and...
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    New EEOC plan identifies enforcement priorities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has approved a new Strategic Enforcement Plan that establishes six national priorities. They are (1) eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring, (2) protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable workers, (3) addressing emerging and...
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    New EEOC plan identifies enforcement priorities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has approved a new Strategic Enforcement Plan that establishes six national priorities. They are (1) eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring, (2) protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable workers, (3) addressing emerging and...
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