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U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
Release Number: 10-311-KAN

Date: 

April 7, 2010

Contact: 

Rich Kulczewski

Phone: 

303-844-1302

US Department of Labor assesses more than $65,000 in civil money penalties to Nebraska grocery store chain for child labor violations


OMAHA, Neb. -- Bag ‘N Save Grocery Stores, at three locations in Omaha and one in York, Neb., has been assessed $65,760 in civil money penalties following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that disclosed violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s child labor regulations.

“This investigation reflects the Labor Department’s ongoing effort to enforce workplace protections that promote the safety and well-being of young workers,” said Michael Staebell, the Wage and Hour Division’s district director in Des Moines, Iowa. “By complying with these provisions, employers can help working teens enjoy safe, positive, early work experiences that can be so important to their career and personal development.”

Wage and Hour Division investigators found that the employer violated the child labor standards by allowing 10 young workers ages 16 and 17 to operate power driven bailers and compactors. The investigation also determined that one minor operated a high lift pallet jack.

Bag ‘N Save store locations where the violations were discovered include 2011 N. 156 St., 15370 Weir St. and 7646 Dodge St. in Omaha and 614 S. Lincoln Ave. in York. The company operates 12 stores throughout Nebraska.

The FLSA’s child labor provisions are designed to protect young workers by limiting the types of jobs and the number of hours they may work. Children under 14 years of age may not be employed in non-agricultural occupations covered by the FLSA. Those 14 and 15 years of age may be employed outside of school hours in a variety of non-manufacturing and non-hazardous jobs for limited periods of time and under specified conditions. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds may be employed for unlimited hours in any occupation other than those declared hazardous by the secretary of labor. Other federal and state laws may have higher standards. When these apply, the more stringent standard must be observed.

Bag ‘N Save is contesting the civil money penalties.

For more information on youth employment laws, visit http://www.youthrules.dol.gov or call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243).

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