Child-labor violations on the rise

Over the first few weeks of summer vacation, the labor-law enforcement branch in the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry has opened up some 100 separate investigations on companies suspected of violating the country's child-labor laws, the ministry reported Wednesday.

Over the first few weeks of summer vacation, the labor-law enforcement branch in the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry has opened up some 100 separate investigations on companies suspected of violating the country's child-labor laws, the ministry reported Wednesday. According to Hezi Ofir, director of the labor-law branch, the investigations now underway stem from random checks of approximately 300 day-camps, restaurants, water-parks and flower nurseries that employ children, and are believed to have violated labor laws, including working children for too many hours during the day, paying below minimum wage and not providing sufficient break time.