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Good News - Bad News

The Good News is that I have been super busy with Conferences, Workshops, Webinar’s, and HR Consulting! Not only have I had the pleasure of presenting training sessions to a variety of audiences, but I also have been able to fill my own tool belt of knowledge as a participant in some continued learning opportunities.

Topics that have been recently requested by my clients include:

· Conflict Resolution

· Employee Insubordination

· Policies and Procedures

· Employee Retention

· Multi-Generational Workforce

· Rookie Supervisor Bootcamp

· Wage and Labor Law Overview

· Everything DiSC® in the Workplace

Some of the key topics that I have attended and gained more information on include:

· Succession Planning

· Wellness in the Workplace

· Disabilities in the Workplace

Employee leadership is such a diverse, complicated, and crucial role for all organizations. Great leaders recognize that continuous improvement through learning and development is a top priority.

The Bad News is that I have been so busy that I have been neglecting my Blog posts! I try to publish at least one per month with current, relevant and relatable HR Tidbits. As this month end approaches, I wanted to post this one as a good faith effort to get back to my shares. This HR Tidbit came at the right time to incorporate into my webinar trainings last week on Wage and Labor Law Overview.

Child Labor Law Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division reveal the following Data:

· In 2022, the department conducted 955 investigations.

· They found an increase in violations, up 14% from 2021.

· Penalties assessed exceeded $8 Million, up 83% from 2021.

With this information, one must ask themselves WHY? Did the laws drastically change? No. Did they add an extremely larger investigation staff? Not that I know of. Is there an agenda to crack down on child labor law violations? Possibly. Or, could it be, due to the struggles employers have been having recently with filling open job positions, they are turning towards hiring more younger people, without being fully aware of the laws that protect youth? My intuition tells me that the last one is the greatest cause for the increase in violation sitings. Afterall, us HR Professionals have been strongly suggesting to employers struggling to find applicants to ‘think outside the box’, ‘broaden your recruitment scope’, and ‘consider all ages, younger and older’. If this is the case, I applaud the organizations for giving the younger workers a chance. With that, I also strongly encourage all employers with employees younger that 18 to learn and know the child labor laws. There are restrictions per age group regarding what jobs and tasks can be performed as well as what hours and days can be worked. For more information on the federal child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), check out the link at: Child Labor | U.S. Department of Labor ( or check out the resources at YouthRules | U.S. Department of Labor (

Contact me at HR Solutions | Contact Us ( if you would like assistance with interpretation or suggestions for solutions to your child labor concerns. I can help through one-on-one HR Consulting as well as through my training events. Watch for a new topic dedicated solely to Child Labor Laws in the U.S. to be introduced soon!

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