Hy-Vee has paid nearly $33,000 in penalties for violating child labor laws at some metro stores.
The U.S. Labor Department says it found a total of 43 violations during recent investigations at four Hy-Vee stores. Company spokeswoman Christine Friesleben says Hy-Vee has increased its training.
"All child labor mandates have been reviewed and will continue to be reviewed periodically with those who hire, train and supervise young people to ensure they perform only approved, age-appropriate tasks," says Friesleben. "This increased vigilance will help us protect the well-being of our young workers," she said.
Labor Department district director Percella Maupins says the company had been working with the department to educate managers and train store employees, including minors, on the child labor laws.
The department says laws on work hours were violated, as well as those barring minors from hazardous tasks. The violations were found at two stores in Omaha and stores in Norfolk and Papillion.