In wage and hour news, the TLC show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” may be in some hot water for violations of state child labor laws. Troy Thompson, Spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, has been widely quoted as confirming that the agency received a complaint and is conducting an investigation.
Many people don’t realize that the child actors on their favorite television show are protected by state child labor laws. While state requirements vary, many have restrictions on the number of hours a child actor can work in a day or week, require special permits, or even require a teacher to be present on the set. At this point, it’s unclear what alleged violations may (or may not) have occurred on the set of Jon & Kate Plus 8. Regardless, this seems to be yet another hurdle in the controversial show’s path this season.