The Pennsylvania Department of Labor is probing a child labor law complaint made against TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8."
A Labor Department spokesperson confirms that the department is looking into a complaint made against the show with regard to child labor laws.
"Jon & Kate Plus 8" follows Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children -- eight-year-old twins and five-year-old sextuplets.
TLC released the following statement regarding the complaint:
"TLC fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations. 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' is no exception. For an extended period of time, we have been engaged in cooperative discussions and supplied all requested information to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. We will continue to engage the appropriate officials and meet any standards or regulations that are applicable to TLC productions."
The state of Pennsylvania currently has no laws governing child labor which would include child actors.
The Coogan Law, named for child actor, Jackie Coogan, was set forth to protect a child star's earnings, and only exists in California. Some say the Gosselin children are not "actors"-they are children living their daily life. However, they may be children living their daily life, they are doing so in front of cameras, capturing their every movement, good and bad. These children have no voice over what is or is not filmed, what is edited, and are not involved in the post-production of the series. There are no laws set forth to protect their share of earnings for their time in front of the cameras, nor laws to limit their time in front of the cameras. ~SpoiledMom
The headline-grabbing couple has made news lately for infidelity allegations and for their sky-high rating of the show's season premiere.photo: Copyright 2009 Karen Alquist / TLC