Scouts vs child labor
Steve Beluch (steve.beluch@SYSLINK.MCS.COM)
Wed, 22 Mar 1995 09:18:56 -0600
Ok, now I've heard it all!
I just got back from encouraging over 260 scouters from all over the
upper midwest to get their units more involved in the local scene
through conservation or clean-up projects through their city park
districts or city's neighborhood commission and I find out today that
the Illinois Department of Labor has declared that any person under 16
who receives any honor, reward or recognition in full or in part, as a
result of engaging in any activity that paid employees do as part of
their normal process constitutes a violation of the Child Labor Laws.
While I thought this was a joke and waiting for a punch line, I found
out that this was no joke but a serious, very serious ruling. Arlington
Hights, a suburb NW of Chicago was fined $81,000 and two other
communities are now in litigation. It seems that earning a MB or
conservation award or even the Eagle rank constitutes a reward and thus
falls under this rediculus ruling. Fines are imposed of $1,000 per child
per incidence. Second and third violations escalate into the 5 digit
range. My local parks Director who by the way is very active in local
and district scouting has had to cancel our annual tree planting and
some other scheduled projects until this is cleared up.
We are trying to get more information from either our city's attorney
or the park commission, we are now trying to go right to the horse's
mouth (maybe in this case, the other end) to find exactly what this
ruling is and just what it's ramifications mean.
Steve Beluch - Des Plaines Valley Council
Direct E-Mail: steve.beluch@SYSLINK.mcs.com
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