Investigation by the US Labor Department uncovers that Equus Workforce Solutions, a Pennsylvania-based job service provider, breached federal regulations pertaining to child labor.

Employer: Equus Workforce Solutions, formerly known as Res-Care Workforce Services, operating as Arbor E&T LLC
Investigation Site: 245 Depot Street, St. Marys, PA 15857
Investigation Findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division discovered that Arbor E&T LLC, doing business as Res-Care Workforce Services, violated the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The employer employed nine minors aged 14 and 15 outside of the permitted hours. According to the law, 14- and 15-year-olds are only allowed to work for a maximum of 3 hours on a school day, 18 hours in a school week, 8 hours on a non-school day, or 40 hours in a non-school week. Additionally, work cannot begin before 7 a.m. or end after 7 p.m., except during the summer months when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m. The division also found that the employer allowed minors to perform hazardous tasks, such as loading wood onto a log splitter, operating an ATV and power-driven weed-eater, and using a pole saw and cleaning parts of a meat slicer. One minor even operated a chain saw and a pole saw, resulting in a non-serious injury.

Civil Money Penalty: The employer was fined $16,795 for these violations.

Quote: “It is crucial for employers to be aware of the restrictions and safety measures in place for young workers. We urge employers to reach out to the Wage and Hour Division to ensure compliance with the law,” stated John DuMont, District Director of the Wage and Hour Division in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Background: Equus Workforce Solutions is a North American company that provides workforce development solutions. Its headquarters are located in Louisville, Kentucky.

The YouthRules! initiative aims to promote positive and safe work experiences for teenagers by educating youth, parents, employers, and educators about the protections in place for young workers. Through this initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its partners strive to provide developmental work experiences that prepare young workers for the workforce. The Wage and Hour Division has also published Seven Child Labor Best Practices for Employers to assist employers in complying with the law.  

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