D.O.L. in baking effort again

by Josh Sosland
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PHILADELPHIA — For the second consecutive year, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor is conducting an employment and compliance initiative in the Philadelphia region for employers engaged in baking. The effort will encompass Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. The effort seeks to assure that minors are employed in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standard Act. "Companies that comply with the law and regulations limit risks to teen workers," said Stewart Bostic, director of the Wage and Hour Division’s Philadelphia district office. "We want to help local bakers understand the responsibilities that go along with hiring workers under age 18." For example, Hazardous Occupations Order Number 11 prohibits the use of certain power-driven bakery machines, including vertical dough or batter mixers, by anyone under the age of 18. Additionally, hours are limited for workers younger than 16. Individuals who are 14 or 15 may work outside school hours, but not before 7 a.m. and no later than 7 p.m. (9 p.m. during he summer months). Additionally, they may not work more than 3 hours on a school day or more than 18 hours in a school week. In a non-school week they may work up to 8 hours in a day and 40 hours in a week.

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