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Florida franchise violated child labor laws by allowing teen to use meat slicer, DOL says

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Posted at 7:00 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2020-09-07 09:09:19-04

ORANGE CITY, Fla. — A Florida Jimmy John's franchise was ordered to pay a civil penalty after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found they were allowing a teen to use the meat slicing machine at their location.

MorBury OC LLC, operator of a Jimmy John's franchise location in Orange City, Florida, was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $2,218 after a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found the employer violated child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found that the franchise allowed a 16-year-old minor employee to use the meat slicer, which is a violation of FLSA child labor laws. The laws prohibit minors from engaging in hazardous work.

The franchise was also ordered to pay $367 in back wages to resolve payroll violations found during the investigation after MorBury OC LLC didn't pay two employees required overtime pay. The employer also failed to keep accurate records of the number of hours employees worked and failed to keep copies of the dates of birth for minor employees, which are both recordkeeping violations.

“The safety of young workers remains a priority for the Wage and Hour Division. Employers have a responsibility to fully understand and comply with the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act to ensure minors work in a safe environment,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Daniel White, in Jacksonville, Florida. “We encourage employers that employ minors to review child labor laws, and to contact us for any assistance they need.”

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