The child work permits for TLC’s "Kate Plus 8" are being defended by Pennsylvania’s labor department after a state representative questioned their legality, reports the Associated Press.
The Department of Labor and Industry issued a statement saying the Gosselin children are not being "unlawfully exploited" by the show’s taping at their Wernersville, Pa., home, the story says. As earlier reported, Rep. Thomas P. Murt had questioned the permits, noting that state law allows children under 7 to work in films but not television. The Gosselin sextuplets are six years old.
State officials said on Tuesday the permits make sure the children will receive earnings from the show and that they won’t work too many hours, the article says.