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Department Of Labor Attempting to Regulate Child Labor on Farms

Senator Jerry Moran announced the Department of Labor (DOL) would withdraw and “re-propose” the parental exemption portion of its proposed rule to regulate the activities of youth in agriculture. If the rule had been implemented as it was written, parents would no longer have discretion over the responsibilities they gave their children on farms or ranches jointly owned and operated by multiple family members.

 

However, Moran reported the remaining portion of the Department of Labor’s proposed rules may still be implemented.  The rules would do away with successful farm safety programs like cooperative extension, 4-H, and FFA, which play a critical role in training and certifying young people to safely carry out farm and ranch activities. The remaining portion of the rule would also prohibit youth from participating in common farm activities such as operating a tractor, cleaning out stalls with a shovel and wheelbarrow, and rounding up cattle.

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