Bloomberg Law
July 19, 2023, 5:52 PM

Child Labor in the Workforce: New Enforcement Efforts Explained

Rebecca Rainey
Rebecca Rainey
Senior Reporter
Andrew Kreighbaum
Andrew Kreighbaum

As the Biden administration continues special enforcement efforts to try and reverse a trend in the number of children working illegally in the US economy, federal investigations and media reports have uncovered hundreds of kids employed in dangerous conditions, alarming lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

But Congress so far has been unable to agree on measures to toughen penalties for violations of child labor laws, or to provide more funding to federal enforcers. Republicans are demanding answers about how immigration and the employment verification process may be contributing to the problem, while Democrats on Tuesday launched a taskforce ...

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