Store complies with citation about teen worker violations

Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply in Clifton said it has changed its practices since being fined more than $14,000 last year for violating youth employment laws, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The agency cited the store at 3217 Interstate 70 Business Loop with 11 violations after five employees younger than 18 said their regular duties included operating a forklift and a paper baler. One youth, who did roofing work on the store, also violated the department’s hazardous orders regulations.

Murdoch’s, which is based in Bozeman, Mont., paid fines of $14,520 and cooperated with the regulations, the Labor Department said in a press release.

Murdoch’s spokeswoman Stephanie Stephens said the store quickly complied with the regulations after being cited last spring.

“We responded immediately,” she said. “We implemented procedures. The bottom line: we do and always value the safety of our customers and employees.”

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, minors cannot perform duties that are considered hazardous. Minors also cannot work more than three hours on school days, eight hours on nonschool days, 18 hours during school weeks or more than 40 hours during nonschool weeks.


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