A Michigan state representative has introduced a state house bill to give child labor laws more teeth by increasing penalties that have not been updated since 1981, according to a news release. Currently, any violations are $500 for each offense, no matter how many times a company runs afoul of the laws.
State Rep. Phil Skaggs (D-East Grand Rapids) says the House Bill 4932 will help the state protect children from exploitation. The bill would increase financial penalties five to 10 times higher than current fines for companies that break the state’s child labor laws.
Under the new bill, first offenses would cost a company $5,000, second offenses up to $25,000 and subsequent offenses up to $50,000. In addition, all subsequent violations beyond the first would be classified as felonies rather than misdemeanors, and penalties would be enhanced if the violation resulted in a fatality or great bodily harm.