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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MAY 1, 2007
(615) 741-2257
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GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS MAY SAFE JOBS FOR YOUTH MONTH

FREE WAGE & CHILD LABOR CLASSES OFFERED

NASHVILLE Gov. Phil Bredesen has proclaimed May Safe Jobs for Youth Month in Tennessee in support of the combined efforts by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Department of Labor to insure safe jobs for Tennessee teens. The Tennessee department of Labor and Workforce Development is offering free wage and child labor training classes across the state through December. Three classes are offered in May in Knoxville, Nashville and Jackson.

“Protecting our young people in the workplace is a top priority as we enter the summer months and kids take part-time jobs,” said Governor Bredesen. “We are pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of Labor to promote safe jobs for our teens.”

“Our department’s child labor investigators are committed to helping both employers and youth learn more about child labor laws,” said Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley. “Employers are usually to blame for minors getting hurt on the job, and the fines can range from $150 to $1,000.”

Child labor laws are designed to protect teens in the workplace. The TN Wage and Child Labor Training classes offered in May are scheduled for May 9 at the Tennessee Career Center in Knoxville on University Avenue, in Nashville at Andrew Johnson Tower on James Robertson Parkway, and in Jackson at the Lowell Thomas Building on Martin Luther King Drive

For a full schedule and contact information go to www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/ls_training2007.pdf, you may also call 1-866-588-6814 for more information on child labor laws or a free child labor law poster.



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