Four Wausau Subway restaurants violate child labor law

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WMTV) - The operator of four Subway restaurants in Wausau paid nearly $48,000 in penalties for child labor and record keeping violations.

U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigators determined Shadowlake Enterprises violated federal occupational standards for employees under age 16.

The operator permitted 55 employees, ages 14- and 15-years-old, to operate baking and toaster ovens, and to work more than 3 hours on school days or more than 8 hours on non-school days. The employer also failed to maintain records verifying the date of birth for some of the employees under age 19.

“Employment standards for 14- and 15-year-old workers ensure minors gain a positive work experience that does not interfere with their education, health, and well-being,” said Wage and Hour District Director David King, in Minneapolis. “Child labor violations can be avoided when employers understand the rules. We encourage employers to contact us for guidance, and use the wide variety of tools we offer to help them comply with the law.”

Shadowlake Enterprises has agreed to use a computerized scheduling system that will automatically control the hours scheduled for individual employees based on their age.