Western Supermarkets has been fined almost US$40,000 for violating child labour laws. The group was found guilty of permitting children under the age of 16 to work longer and later in the evening than legally approved. In a news release yesterday [Monday], the US Department of Labor said that 127 minors at the Alabama company's ten grocery stores had worked more than three hours on school days, more than 18 hours in a school week, or more than eight hours on non-school days.