Bill with child labor rule changes sent to Corbett

Bill introduced after accusations made against Berks-based TV show

Posted: 4:14 PM EDT Oct 16, 2012   Updated: 1:30 PM EDT Oct 17, 2012

A bill to revamp employment rules for children, particularly those working in entertainment, is on its way to the desk of Gov. Tom Corbett.

The House voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the measure, which in many ways is patterned after California's law and brings Pennsylvania closer in line with federal rules. It limits the number of hours children can work and requires tutoring under certain circumstances.

The law imposes greater penalties for violations.

There are new requirements to set up a trust with at least 15 percent of the child's gross earnings if they make at least $2,500 from the entertainment industry.

Pa. Rep. Tom Murt introduced the bill after the Berks County-based TLC series "Jon and Kate Plus 8" was accused of violating child labor laws.

Kevin and Jodi Kreider claimed their eight nieces and nephews were overworked and underpaid on the show, which has since ended production.