Dairy Queen franchisee fined $42,000 for teenage offenses

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A Dairy Queen franchisee based in Fort Wayne, Ind., was fined $42,572 for 102 violations of federal limits on work hours for 14- and 15-year-olds.

H&H Coldwater LLC has been accused by the US Department of Labor of allowing teenagers to exceed thresholds set for new entrants to the workforce.

People in this entry-level age bracket are prohibited from working more than three hours per school day or eight hours on weekends or holidays. Federal law also requires young people to be out by 9 p.m. between June 1 and Labor Day, or normally when schools are closed for the summer, and by 7 p.m. during the school year.

Eleven of H&H’s Dairy Queen stores in Indiana and Michigan broke the rules.

In announcing the penalties, the Labor Department acknowledged the education that employers like H&H provide to first-time employees.

“Franchisees like H&H Coldwater offer teenage workers the opportunity to learn customer service and other skills that prepare them for successful careers, but as employers, they have an obligation to s ensure that child labor laws are respected.said Patricia Lewis, director of the Indianapolis Labor District’s Wage and Hour Division. “Child labor laws protect adolescents’ health and ensure that their early work experiences are positive and manageable with schooling and other commitments.

Chipotle Mexican Grill last week agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle allegations by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office that the popular chain violated state child labor laws more than 30 000 times in 85 stores. The alleged offenses took place from 2017 to 2020.

Chipotle said it has moved to a new, more advanced work scheduling program to ensure teen hour limits are met in the future.

H&H could not be reached for comment.

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