Child Labor Laws and Vocational Schools: Podcast on Taylor English Litigation Win in Solis v. Laurelbrook

July 19, 2011

Atlanta, July 19, 2011– Deborah Ausburn of Atlanta’s Taylor English Duma LLP discusses her case Solis v. Laurelbrook Sanitarium and School, Inc. and the primary benefits test in a podcast posted on In an interview with the labor and employment law community podcast at, Taylor English attorney Deborah Ausburn discusses her successful defense of Laurelbrook Sanitarium and School, Inc against the Department of Labor's attempt to apply federal child labor laws to its vocational curriculum. The Laurelbrook curriculum operates in compliance with the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which emphasizes both academic and vocational training for students. To determine whether students were trainees and not employees, the district court applied the "primary benefit" test. “We successfully pointed out to the judge,” Ausburn says in the podcast, “that the students are getting the primary benefit from the program.” Ausburn is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group and has been an advocate of children’s rights for nearly thirty years as a foster parent, social worker, and though her pro bono work. Listen to the podcast at:

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