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UPDATE: Eastern Iowa Hy-Vee, Fareway stores violated child labor laws

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Two Midwest grocery store chains have committed "significant" and "widespread violations" of federal child labor laws since 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor announced in a release Thursday.

A total of 28 grocery stores in Iowa and Nebraska, including several Fareway and Hy-Vee stores, were found to have violated several child labor laws, including allowing minors to perform prohibited hazardous occupations like operating paper balers, meat slicers, bakery machines and even motor vehicles, the Dept. of Labor said.

The violations were found during investigations by the Wage and Hour Division since 2011.

The 28 stores will have to pay a combined total of more than $128,500 in civil penalties, the department said.

Stores found to be in violation include a Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, with young employees loading balers or compactors 11 times; a Hy-Vee in Waterloo, found for the same violation six times; and Big G Food Store in Marengo, with 14 violations of hours/time rules, two violations of operating a meat slicer and three violations of operating a baler or compactor.

Other stores include Truncks Country Foods in Reinbeck, found for two violations of loading a baler or compactor; a Fareway in New Hampton, found for one violation of loading a baler or compactor; and Bender's Foods in Denver, found to be in violation of five instances of young employees driving and one violation of hours/time rules.

Fareway has also signed a settlement agreement with the department, outlining specific measures it will take to ensure compliance in the future.

"Early work experience can be rewarding for young workers and can provide great opportunities to learn important job skills that will be valuable in the workforce," said Michael Staebell, district director of the Wage and Hour Division in Des Moines. "Unfortunately, the age and lack of experience of these young workers can leave them vulnerable to mistreatment and, in some cases, hazardous conditions."

The Des Moines division also conducted a seminar for Hy-Vee managers and staff, the department said in a statement.

More information on child labor rules can be found at http://www.youthrules.dol.gov.

The full list:

CASE ID

ER Trade Name

Total CMPs Paid

ER State

ER City

Number of Viols

Violation code

1

1637743

Hy-Vee

27900

IA

Cedar Rapids

11

2

2

1646866

Hy-Vee

12400

IA

Waterloo

6

2

3

1637753

Big G Food Store Inc.

10340

IA

Marengo

14

5

2

3

3

1

4

1640255

Fareway Store Ames

6200

IA

Ames

7

2

5

1658317

Hy-Vee West Des Moines

6200

IA

WDM

2

2

6

1648436

Hy-Vee Urbandale

6200

IA

Urbandale

3

2

7

1644386

Buy Rite Foods

4575

IA

Lake Park

2

7

5

5

8

1652012

Bender's Foods

3675

IA

Denver

5

6

1

5

9

1638200

Fareway Stores Clive

3500

IA

1

2

10

1643272

Hy-Vee

3100

IA

Des Moines

1

2

11

1649784

Hy-Vee

3100

IA

Boone

1

8

12

1648783

Truncks Country Foods

3100

IA

Reinbeck

2

2

13

1645181

Fiesta Foods

3100

IA

Hawarden

5

2

1

5

14

1638202

Fareway Stores

1950

IA

Norwalk

1

2

15

1658324

Fareway Store Webster City

1550

IA

1

2

16

1639377

Fareway Store Toledo

1550

IA

1

2

17

1644105

Fareway Store 922

1550

IA

New Hampton

1

2

18

1654198

Fareway Store 648

1550

IA

Ottumwa

1

6

19

1648707

McNally's Foods

1150

IA

Grinnell

2

4

20

1640187

B & B Grocery Meat & Deli

2870

IA

Des Moines

2

5

CASE ID

ER Trade Name

Total CMPs Paid

ER State

# viol's

Viol Code

1

1652341

Hy Vee #8

6200

NE

Omaha

2

2

2

1641913

Scotty's Ranchland Foods

5000

NE

Valentine

12

2

9

5

1

9

3

1646434

Beatrice Heartland Foods

3100

NE

Beatrice

2

2

4

1647526

Hy-Vee #10

3100

NE

Omaha

1

3

5

1652907

Grocery Kart

1150

NE

Ord

1

5

6

1646469

Sonny's Super Foods

1150

NE

Bridgeport

1

5

7

1651795

Tecumseh Central Market

775

NE

Tecumseh

1

4

1

2

8

1652897

Larry's Market

400

NE

Shelton

2

4

Violations Codes

1

HO 12 Operating baler/compactor

2

HO 12 loading baler/compactor

3

HO 10 operating meat slicer

4

HO 10 cleaning meat slicer

5

Reg 3 Hours/Times

6

HO 2 driving

7

Reg 3 Occupation - cooking/baking

8

HO 11 bakery machines - cleaning

9

Reg 3 occupation - cooler/freezer

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