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Update: Changes to Child Labor Regulations in the Works

October 31, 2011
 
 
 

 

UPDATE 10/31/11

The U.S. Department of Labor has extended the commenting period on new regulations for child labor on farms.

Comments must be submitted through Regulations.gov, the federal government’s public comment portal, by Thursday, December 1.

Instructions for using Regulations.gov:

 1) Click here to access the Regulations.gov portal
 2) Fill out the requested information under ENTER INFORMATION
 3) Copy the following text, paste it into the box under TYPE COMMENT and click SUBMIT

 


 

The U.S. Department of Labor is hoping to improve the safety of young workers in agriculture by revising the current child labor regulations.

The proposed changes prohibit children under the age of 18 from working with animals and in pesticide handling, timber operations, manure pits and storage bins. They also prohibit youths at grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feedlots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions.

Children under the age of 16 would be prohibited from operating most power-driven equipment as well as connecting or disconnecting an implement or any part of the machine. All youths would be prohibited from using electronic devices while operating equipment as well.

The proposed revisions do not apply to farm owners’ children, but they do apply to other young relatives.

These revisions mark the first time the Fair Labor Standards Act has been updated since 1970. The changes have been on the horizon for months and were announced in September. Their release came shortly after the agriculture community was deeply saddened by the loss of two girls in an irrigation accident in Illinois and the severe injury of two boys in Oklahoma from a grain auger accident.

In a statement regarding the proposed changes, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said, "Children employed in agriculture are some of the most vulnerable workers in America. Ensuring their welfare is a priority of the department, and this proposal is another element of our comprehensive approach."

The safety of youth is of utmost importance, but the proposed changes will make it more difficult for young people to learn the ropes of production agriculture. They also hold implications for FFA members who use farm labor as part of their supervised agricultural experience.

Public comments are welcome until Nov. 1, 2011. To file electronically, visit www.regulations.gov. Mail comments to Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210. Comments need to be identified as RIN 1235-AA06.


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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - October 2011

 
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COMMENTS (3 Comments)

Brian & Sherry Weitzel - Brush, CO
To the "micro-managing" governement: "Changes to Child Labor Regulations in the Works".
This is absolutely absurd! This is part of what is wrong with our country. The majority of children today do not know how to work. They have no work ethic, nor responsibility. If we don't teach our children work ethic & give them the opportunity to learn the ropes of agriculture at a young age who will carry on the many duties in farming/ranching in the future. For instance technology has made us all very lax. Don't get me wrong, technology is a great thing however, we still need to have good work ethic & responsibility which is learned young. Having a job & working builds self esteem, responsibility & value as well as many other good qualities. Children have worked since way back when at very young ages. Look at our fore fathers, they were hard working, responsible people with alot of common sense. To be honest, we wouldn't be here if it weren't for them! Sure there were accidents, that's why they call them "accidents". What about the kid who drowns the swimming pool or the one who breaks their leg roller skating & what about the ones competing in sports, etc. Sorry to say "governement" but you will never be able to fill the shoes of the "Lord", he is the only one who will ever determine our fate & he will be the one who makes the final decision in all of our living lives. Look a litte further into the future. How will this change our world and future generations. Without agriculture where will we be? Looks to me like you want us all lazy & living off the government (sadly enough this is out of control as well). We will work & continue to teach our children the qualities of "good" work ethic until the end - regardless of your mico-management.Please don't allow this to pass. Give our children & future generations the opportunity to learn good work ethic that will stay with them for life & they can in turn be able to pass down to their children & grandchildren!
12:15 AM Nov 10th
 
Brian & Sherry Weitzel - Brush, CO
To the "micro-managing" governement: "Changes to Child Labor Regulations in the Works".
This is absolutely absurd! This is part of what is wrong with our country. The majority of children today do not know how to work. They have no work ethic, nor responsibility. If we don't teach our children work ethic & give them the opportunity to learn the ropes of agriculture at a young age who will carry on the many duties in farming/ranching in the future. For instance technology has made us all very lax. Don't get me wrong, technology is a great thing however, we still need to have good work ethic & responsibility which is learned young. Having a job & working builds self esteem, responsibility & value as well as many other good qualities. Children have worked since way back when at very young ages. Look at our fore fathers, they were hard working, responsible people with alot of common sense. To be honest, we wouldn't be here if it weren't for them! Sure there were accidents, that's why they call them "accidents". What about the kid who drowns the swimming pool or the one who breaks their leg roller skating & what about the ones competing in sports, etc. Sorry to say "governement" but you will never be able to fill the shoes of the "Lord", he is the only one who will ever determine our fate & he will be the one who makes the final decision in all of our living lives. Look a litte further into the future. How will this change our world and future generations. Without agriculture where will we be? Looks to me like you want us all lazy & living off the government (sadly enough this is out of control as well). We will work & continue to teach our children the qualities of "good" work ethic until the end - regardless of your mico-management.Please don't allow this to pass. Give our children & future generations the opportunity to learn good work ethic that will stay with them for life & they can in turn be able to pass down to their children & grandchildren!
12:15 AM Nov 10th
 
AndrewA - IA
Since we are all inept and incapable when it comes to raising our children and other young relatives, the federal "gubmint" will tell you when, where, why and how you will do that, and there will be repercussions if you fail to comply.
1:43 PM Oct 31st
 



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