Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kate and all the kids spotted in Anchorage, Alaska--Child labor laws limit hours and require STUDIO TEACHER

Thanks, Twitter!

No, it's no joke. All eight kids are continuing their working summer vacation in Anchorage, Alaska and were seen with Steve and Kate at a touristy shop The Ivory Exchange. And where is their studio teacher as required by Alaska state law?

We can report that Alaska's child labor laws are actually...not too bad for a state that doesn't see very much filming of minors. Although we can't find anything about compensation, children ages 6 to 9 may only work a total of six hours per day during the summer months, and must have at least one hour of rest. They must not spend more than eight hours at the place of employment. (How does that work when the place of employment for a reality show is also the place you are visiting??) These hours include travel time. When school is in session this age group may only work for four hours with an additional three hours set aside for schooling and one hour of rest.




A parent must remain with the child at all times. So when Kate left the kids with the workers to build the chicken coop in Pennsylvania, legally she could not do the same thing in Alaska.

Alaska requires a studio teacher on set unless they can show they are employed at a fixed location (how can this be a fixed location on a travel trip across Alaska?) and the employment does not interfere with schooling. Sounds to us like they must have a studio teacher.

http://labor.state.ak.us/lss/forms/workpermitent.pdf
http://labor.state.ak.us/lss/forms/workpermitent-info.pdf



Is TLC state hopping to film these kids? Are they running from PA's child labor laws? First Florida, then just last week in sweltering New York, now Alaska.



Our slueths have also discovered that Ashley, Carla's daughter and a babysitter, was brought along on the trip to help. The flight was eight hours long, and Ashley was not given a lot of notice by oh-so considerate TLC and Kate that she was coming along. We're talking two hours notice before she hopped on the plane. Perhaps they are keeping these trips very secretive so as not to alert the blogs. We sniffed them out anyway, ha! We can also report the trip is scheduled for Tuesday 7/19 through this Friday, 7/23.

Questions for TLC. TLC have you:
  • Obtained and filed work permits with the Alaska Wage and Hour Administration and a Worker's Compensation Certificate?
  • Made sure you're following hourly restrictions? Kids can only work 6 hours a day including travel time. Tick-tock.
  • Followed Alaska's safety restrictions on set? Ironically enough, they have a laundry list of restrictions regarding the operation of power tools by children. In sum, you can't operate them! Best not be building no chicken coops.
  • Obtained a studio teacher on set???

23 sediments (sic) from readers:

New Hampshire said...

I would like to bitch slap her all the way into CU next Thursday.

And where the hell is the father?

Have these children no advocates? Who cares for them?

I surely hope I live long enough to see the both of them pay for this abuse.

Anonymous said...

Probably there to pray with Palin...

Administrator said...

She and Palin can compete for worst mother of the year. When Palin wants her son she apparently calls out, Bring me my retarded baby!

And Kate I guess maybe says, Bring me my little cash cows??

Sally said...

Actually Imperfect Women had that story up also.

Moose Mania said...

Didn't someone "in the know" report that they were overseas? When did Alaska become part of Europe?

TheresaB said...

If Palin could see Russia from her house, I'm sure Kate thinks Alaska is a different country and overseas.

my9cats said...

Moose MAnia,
The Europe trip was initially reported as a rumor. As usual, people took a stated rumor and ran away with it as fact.

Rumor has it said...

Ashley will be back to PA on Friday for a wedding and then flies back "out" somewhere on Sunday. Perhaps another clandestine vacation spot or maybe Kate, the kids, and the crew are going somewhere else to film. It's sort of like "where's Waldo" or like NBC's morning show "where in the world is Katie Irene having her kids filmed now?"

JonKateandTLCSuck (akaKateSucks) said...

New Hampshire,
Big Daddy @jongosselin1 is too busy watching ET and The Bounty Hunter and professing his love for @ellen_ross1 to give a s#!t about his kids working all summer.
What a novel concept, Jon. You able to WORK yet?

Gayle said...

I think that Werny Girl (Small Town Gosselins) was the first to throw out Europe (as in I heard they were in....) and I think that she may be on TLC's payroll. Although she tries to make her blog anti-Kate methinks otherwise.

Susan said...

Actually, while not overseas, both Alaska and Hawaii are considered to be OCONUS (other than continental United States). Maybe they're staying an extra week to go salmon fishing. I think that you can probably request filming information from AK under the freedom of information act.

TLC stinks said...

Gayle, methinks YOU are on TLC's payroll.

Hot In PA said...

Wonder if there will be a "Christmas in July" theme, with a visit to North Pole, Alaska. Now that would be fun for the kids. On second thought, they stopped believing in Santa years ago, didn't they?

Irene S said...

I called the Alaska Dol today and was transferred a few times. A Joy Schwartz is the investigator for the Alaska. She did call me back. I will call again tomorrow.

I wonder if Alaska will consider the kids working on field trip or playing?

Yes, Admin it looks like certainly are state hopping. I hope TLC realizes that we are aware that that Pa permit is only good in Pennsylvania.

Irene S said...

Hot in PA...the kids are going to WORK & are reportedly going camping...Momma grizzly meets mommy spoon dearest.

Can yall imagine Mommy Grizzly outshining Momma wooden spoon dearest?

Carolina Gal said...

TheresaB said... If Palin could see Russia from her house, I'm sure Kate thinks Alaska is a different country and overseas
~~~
Bwwwhahaha


Irene S said... Hot in PA...the kids are going to WORK & are reportedly going camping...Momma grizzly meets mommy spoon dearest.
~~~~
Kate, camping? Bwwwhahahah

Alaska Rainbow Lodge said...

What a mess. Someone should take these kids away from Kate. What a messed up life they lead under their mother's direction. And Jon isn't even around so he probably deserves more of the blame for the mess they're all going to be when they're older. Poor kids.

Irene S said...

Hot in PA...the kids are going to WORK & are reportedly going camping...Momma grizzly meets mommy spoon dearest.

Can yall imagine Mommy Grizzly outshining Momma wooden spoon dearest?

TLC stinks said...

Gayle, methinks YOU are on TLC's payroll.

Rumor has it said...

Ashley will be back to PA on Friday for a wedding and then flies back "out" somewhere on Sunday. Perhaps another clandestine vacation spot or maybe Kate, the kids, and the crew are going somewhere else to film. It's sort of like "where's Waldo" or like NBC's morning show "where in the world is Katie Irene having her kids filmed now?"

Moose Mania said...

Didn't someone "in the know" report that they were overseas? When did Alaska become part of Europe?

New Hampshire said...

I would like to bitch slap her all the way into CU next Thursday.

And where the hell is the father?

Have these children no advocates? Who cares for them?

I surely hope I live long enough to see the both of them pay for this abuse.

Anonymous said...

Probably there to pray with Palin...

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