|Update Applicable to:
|All covered employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
|November 28, 2023
On November 28, 2023, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced that it will assess child labor civil monetary penalties for nonserious injury and noninjury violations of the FLSA on a per-violation basis, rather than on a per-child basis as it had previously done, significantly increasing the aggregate of potential penalties.
What are the details?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (the Department) has enhanced its response to child labor violations following an 88% increase in child labor violations between 2019 and 2023.
- The Department fined for non-serious injury and non-injury violations per child based on the severity of the violation.
- The penalty amount could change based on business size and deliberate behavior (or not).
- The Department will assess civil money penalties on a per-violation basis.
- The penalty amount could change based on business size and deliberate behavior (or not). This remains unaffected by the new method.
This has changed the previous memorandum FAB 2016-5 on how the DOL handles these types of cases in the future.
- Update your policies, procedures, and practices regarding the employment of minors.
- Have a plan in place to deliver an appropriate response to the DOL in case of an FLSA investigation.
- Child Labor Law Violations: U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Assessment Procedures for Calculating Civil Monetary Penalties (Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.)
- DOL’s New Assessment Procedures for Calculating Civil Monetary Penalties Significantly Increases Liability for Employers (Benesch)
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