Labor Department Strengthens Child Labor Laws 

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The Department of Labor has announced an interagency initiative with the Department of Health and Human Services intended to address child labor law violations. Officials said, since 2015, those laws have been increasingly broken. 

The two departments are creating an interagency task force to scrutinize companies that do business with entities that violate child labor laws. The Labor Department will also expand enforcement through a new initiative to enhance its pursuit of those who violate the law while urging legislators to provide more resources. 

Investigations are underway into one of the nation’s largest contractors for snacks and cereals, as well as supply chain vendors for certain imported Asian vehicles.

Officials say that the federal government found 835 companies operating in violation of child labor laws last year, which affected 3,800 children. 

Journalists report that migrant children are often the ones who are working dangerous and demanding jobs across the U.S. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Acting Secretary Julie Su as she heads the Department of Labor.
  • For Secretary Xavier Becerra as he collaborates with officials in the Labor Department to address child labor law violations.
  • For U.S. officials as they seek to prevent the exploitation of children.

Sources: The Hill, NY Times, NPR 


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