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As part of its agreement with the federal government... In a deal critics say grants the world’s largest retailer special treatment, Wal-Mart Stores will pay $135,540 to settle charges of 24 child labor law violations in which minors used dangerous machinery, including chain saws, forklifts, and cardboard balers.
The settlement also gives Wal-Mart a15-day advance notice before the Labor Department conducts future "wage and hour" investigations.
" "Giving the company 15 days' notice of any investigation is very unusual,... The language appears to go beyond child labor allegations and cover all wage and hour allegations," ...says John R. Fraser, who served as the government's top wage and hour official under President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton."
Notice Before Inspections for Wal-Mart