DBPR Conducts Joint Construction and Child Labor Compliance Check
July 18, 2008
ORLANDO—On Tuesday, five teams from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Regulation conducted an enforcement sweep through five counties in central Florida. The sweep was designed to check commercial and residential construction projects to uncover unlicensed contractors or minors employed in hazardous activities. The sweep indicated that overall, in the counties surveyed, there was a high rate of compliance in that only one construction case was opened.
“I am very pleased to see that our investigators found such a high rate of compliance,” said Interim Secretary Chuck Drago. “We are committed to continuing these kinds of proactive measures in an effort to enforce the state’s construction and child labor laws.”
The teams visited construction sites in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Seminole counties. Thirty-seven construction sites were visited, and 82 licenses were checked. One case was opened for unlicensed activity. The teams also checked for minors working in hazardous occupations. Minors above the age of 16 can be employed at construction sites, but they are limited in the activities they may perform. During the sweep, the team did not observe any minors employed at any of the sites and no cases for child labor violations were opened.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.