Full text: The Department of Labor and Industry

August 1928—A Good Chair for the Industrial Worker. 
October 1928—Three Years’ Work of the Bureau of Women and Chil- 
June 1929-—Hours of Work and Earnings of Women Employed at In- 
dustrial Home Work. 
November 1929—An Analysis of Machine Accidents to Employed 
The Employment of Children in Pennsylvania. 
The Employment of Women in Pennsylvania. 
A Directory of Industrial Nurses in Pennsylvania—August 1927. 
Persons, Firms, and Corporations Licensed to Employ Home Workers 
in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania—1928. 
Jome Facts about Fourteen and Fifteen Year Old Wage Earners—1928. 
Jome Facts about Pennsylvania Women Wage Earners—1929. 
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania there is a certain amount of 
factory work which is performed not within industrial establishments 
but within private homes, work done largely by women in the leisure 
moments of their household duties. This type of factory work is known 
as Industrial Home Work. Three industries, clothing, knit goods, and 
tobacco, send out a great amount of such work to private homes. Be- 
cause the possibility of violations in the Child Labor and Women’s 
Law and the need for maintenance of sanitation and safety conditions 
present certain distinct problems of enforcement, the Department of 
Labor and Industry in 1925 adopted definite regulations pertaining to 
Industrial Home Work. The problem here was unique. It involved 
contacts with the employer and with the home and demanded a type of 
inspection that was other than ordinary routine factory inspection. 
Hence the administration of these regulations was entrusted to the 
Bureau of Women and Children. 
In its adoption of said regulations, the Department of Labor and 
Industry placed the responsibility for having goods manufactured in 
accord with them directly on the employer. The employer is licensed 
by the Department and is required to report quarterly the names of 
all persons thus employed. All goods sent into private homes must bear 
the employer’s identification tag. Representatives of the Bureau go 
into the homes and study a representative number of families of each 
employer giving out work, see that the conditions are sanitary and that 
the Women’s Labor Liaw and Child Labor Law are observed. Since 
1925 an educational program has been carried on to secure the cooper- 
ation of the employer as the touchstone in the Bureau’s administration 
of these regulations. As of December 31, 1928, there were licensed in 
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1,240 employers and there were 
11,309 home workers. This gives some idea of the problems that home 
work brings to the Bureau.

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