Tuesday, March 29, 2005

HB 89: Child Labor

H.B. 89, P.N. 1407 (STEIL). This would repeal the Child Labor Law Act 177 of 1915, P.L. 266. This would create a new Child Labor Law.
This new law would make the following changes: There would be one child work permit, rather than three types as under current law. An employer would be required to obtain a notarized written statement from a parent or guardian granting permission for such work and stating that the hours and duties of employment are understood. A child would be permitted to work 48 hours a week as opposed to the current limit of 40 hours a week, although a child would have the ability to refuse to work more than 40 hours a week. A child employed in theater or film would be able to work until midnight, instead of the current legal limit of 11:30 am, would be able to make ten theatrical performances a week instead of eight as under current law, and the minimum age of seven for such work would be eliminated. A minor aged 16 and above would be able to participate in professional sports-attendant services. The Labor and Industry would have the ability to impose an administrative penalty from $100 to $1,000 per each violation of this law.


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