Jersey Mike's Franchise - JM Burke LLC - Child Labor

Jersey Mike’s Franchise – JM Burke LLC – Child Labor

Federal Investigators Find Jersey Mike’s Franchise Operate, JM Burke LLC, Violated Child Labor Regulations at Four Northern Virginia Locations and Denied Overtime Pay

JM Burke LLC pays a $108K penalty, agrees to enhanced future compliance

BALTIMORE, MD (STL.News) U.S. Department of Labor investigations at four northern Virginia Jersey Mike’s franchise locations have found the operator allowed more than a dozen employees under the age of 16 to perform dangerous tasks and work longer than permitted in violation of federal child labor regulations.

The department’s Wage and Hour Division determined that JM Burke LLC, a Jersey Mike’s franchise — the Charleston, South Carolina-based operator — violated the Fair Labor Standards Act at locations in Ashburn, South Riding, Springfield, and Sterling by allowing 14 minor-aged children to operate power-driven meat slicers, a hazardous occupation under federal law.

The division also found JM Burke employed minors to either work more than 8 hours on a non-school day, more than 18 hours during a school week, more than 3 hours on a school day after 7 p.m. between the day after Labor Day and May 31, or after 9 p.m. between June 1 and Labor Day, all child labor violations.

JM Burke paid $108,161 in civil money penalties to resolve its child labor infractions.

Investigators also identified overtime violations at the Ashburn location, where the employer failed to include bonuses in three employees’ regular rates of pay when calculating overtime wages owed.  The employer also failed to maintain accurate records of workers’ regular pay rates.  JM Burke paid $856 in overtime back wages to these affected workers.

“Employers who hire minors are legally and ethically obligated to comply with child labor standards that protect young people from harm,” explained Wage and Hour Division District Director Nicholas Fiorello in Baltimore.  “In addition to keeping them safe, employers must schedule young workers for times that allow for their education to remain the priority.”

JM Burke LLC has agreed to future enhanced compliance that includes staff training, increased corporate site visits, the creation of a website for reporting violations, and investments in technology to monitor internal store cameras to help ensure children are working in hazardous occupations.



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