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Virginia Child Labor Civil Penalties to Increase

22 May

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Update Applicable to:Effective date
All covered employersJuly 1, 2024


What happened?

On April 3, 2024, the Virginia governor signed HB 100, which increases civil penalties imposed against a person who violates child labor laws.


What are the details?


Key Bites

  • It raises the penalty for each violation that results in the serious injury or death of a child during employment from $10,000 to $25,000.
  • The maximum civil penalty for each violation of child labor laws has been increased from $1,000 to $2,500, with a minimum penalty of $500.
  • The bill mandates the Department of Labor and Industry to form a stakeholder work group to create education and outreach plans. These plans aim to inform young workers and employers about child labor laws.


Business Considerations

  • Employers should update their child labor policies and practices to be compliant with the law. This includes the Handbook.


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