Darlington County Sheriff Warns Against Jury Duty Phone Scam Demanding Fines

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — Authorities in Darlington County have issued an alert regarding a burgeoning telephone scam that targets residents under the guise of missed jury duty obligations. The scam involves callers falsely claiming that individuals have failed to appear for jury duty and now face arrest unless they pay a so-called fine. Sheriff James Hudson Jr. of the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office emphasized the fraudulent nature of these demands, stating that no legitimate government entity would ever solicit payment over the phone as a penalty for missed jury service. He urged the public to … Read more

Australia Targets Internet Giants with New Law to Combat Online Scams, Threatens Massive Fines

SYDNEY, Australia — Australia is set to establish stringent regulations by year-end that will compel internet companies to actively prevent the hosting of scams or incur substantial penalties. This move marks a potential escalation in the ongoing struggle between the Australian government and major technology firms. The initiative, driven by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in collaboration with the treasury department, aims to craft a compulsory, enforceable anti-scam code. This legal framework would mandate that companies enact reasonable protective measures for users and implement an effective complaint management system. Discussions are in progress … Read more

Iowa Governor Advocates for Leniency in Federal Child Labor Fines Amid State Law Changes

DES MOINES, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds is challenging fines imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor on several Iowa businesses, which have been cited for violations of federal child labor laws. The governor is advocating for a review or renegotiation of these penalties, suggesting that the fines are overly punitive. This plea from the governor comes after a change in the state’s legislation, which Reynolds signed last year, permitting teens in Iowa to work later hours than previously allowed. The new state laws enable 14 and 15-year-olds to work until 9 p.m. on school … Read more

Roofing Company Faces Hefty Fines for Violating Child Labor Laws After Fatal Fall of Teen Worker

Cullman, Alabama – A roofing company in Cullman, Alabama is facing a hefty fine of $117,175 from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for violating child labor laws following the tragic death of a teenage worker. The DOL found that Apex Roofing & Restoration LLC employed a 15-year-old who suffered a fatal fall while working on a roof. The incident took place on July 1, 2019, at a building owned by Cullman Casting Corporation. The young worker fell approximately 50 feet and sustained severe injuries, including fractures to the skull, ribs, and wrist. Sadly, the … Read more