Germany is engaged at various levels against this violation of the HUMAN RIGHTS of the smallest and most vulnerable members of society. Since the early 1990s the German development cooperation has supported the international programof the ILO for the abolition of child labor. The program is now active in 88 countries and supports governments in implementing strategies to combat child labor.
For instance, in Burkina Faso. Approximately five per cent of all children there between the ages of six to fifteen live as migrant laborers, separated from their parents. The German program in the African country funds education for children and provides socio-economic assistance to their families. Parallel to this, it returns victims of child trafficking to their home villages and re-integrates them into their families.
Today, approximately 80% of all students work sometime during high school. Child labor laws ensure that our youth have the necessary time to pursue their education and be employed in a safe workplace. Georgia's child labor law was written in 1878 whereas the federal child labor law is provided for under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) enacted in 1938.
When there are differences between federal and state laws pertaining to child labor, the law providing the more stringent standard is observed.
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) Child Labor section administers and monitors the guidelines and restrictions for the employment of youth who have not yet reached their 18th birthday and performs the following functions:
- Reviews all issued Employment Certificates, commonly called Work Permits, to ensure job duties do not appear to be in violation of the law and that the form has been properly completed;
- Conducts inspections of possible law violations;
- Issues Certificates of Consent for minors in entertainment; and
- Makes child labor presentations to schools, employers, and other interested parties.