In response to a rise in child labor violations in New York State, Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that the Department of Labor will create a new Child Labor Task Force.

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According to a press release from Governor Hochul's office, the New York State Department of Labor will develop the Child Labor Task Force due to a 68 percent rise in child labor violations in 2022.

Governor Hochul stated "We all have a moral responsibility to protect our children and tackle exploitative labor practices. For decades, New York State has led the nation in establishing child labor protections like limiting working hours on school nights and establishing minimum wage standards for minors. With the recent uptick in reports of child labor violations, these new measures will educate youth workers on their rights in the workplace and hold employers accountable, creating safer workplaces for all New Yorkers."

The Child Labor Task Force will work with local schools and municipalities to protect New York's kids from child labor violations. The Department of Labor will also expand its public education digital campaign to share important information about child labor laws and young workers' rights with New York's kids.

The Department of Labor will also develop a new Anti-Trafficking Unit to protect victims of labor trafficking.

"Protecting and empowering New York's workers is central to what we do at the New York State Department of Labor, so we are determined to lead the nation in guarding our most vulnerable workers from exploitation," said New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. "I'm grateful for Governor Hochul taking this matter seriously and immediately working to expand the efforts we began earlier this year."

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