The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that Wild River Country, the Little Rock water park, paid $5,559 in civil penalties to resolve child labor work hours violations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Wild River Country employed minors — aged 14 and 15 — to work past 7 p.m. on days when school was in session, and more than 8 hours on days when school was not in session.
Wage and Hour Division district director Hanz Grünauer stated in a press release:
This case should serve as a reminder for those companies that employ large numbers of minors to familiarize themselves with federal labor standards, and to ensure they comply with child labor requirements. Employers can avoid child labor violations when they understand the rules and train their employees who hire and manage minors.
Close followers of my back catalog may recall that I wrote about my own visit to Wild River Country — neither wild, nor river, nor country — back in 2013.