Paging Santa's Elves

Toys “R” Us will pay a $200,000 fine and institute new safeguards in all its stores after inspections turned up some violations of child labor laws, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday. “We found more than 300 young Toys “R” Us employees working more hours and later into the night than allowed by law,” said Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. The violations involved 14- and 15-year-olds who stock shelves, operate cash registers and clean at 19 New England Toys “R” Us stores. A spokeswoman for the New Jersey-based national toy store chain said the company has already taken steps to correct the problems, which she said were the result of misunderstandings of the law by some managers.

With additional reporting by Donna Freydkin.

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