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Application of Child Labor Provisions to Employers of Workers with Disabilities
The child labor provisions of the FLSA apply to all covered employers, including those who hold certificates under FLSA Section 14(c) authorizing the payment of special minimum wages (SMWs) to workers with disabilities. There are no waivers or exceptions from the child labor provisions for young workers who have disabilities and are employed at SMWs.
The Federal child labor provisions for non-agricultural jobs generally provide that:
The above restrictions still apply when students with disabilities have been placed in jobs in the community by the school district.
Work centers should note that 14 and 15 year olds may not be employed in manufacturing or processing occupations, or in any area where goods are manufactured or processed. This would include the production area of a work center.
Employers may be subject to a civil money penalty of up to $11,000 for each employee who is the subject of a child labor violation. The FLSA also provides, in the case of willful violation, for a fine up to $10,000; or, for a second offense committed after the conviction of such person for a similar offense, for a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
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