Department of Labor withdraws child labor proposal

A press release was posted to the Department of Labor website yesterday announcing their plans to withdraw the child labor proposal. The full release is provided.


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations:

“The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations. The Obama administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations.

“As a result, the Department of Labor is announcing today the withdrawal of the proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 who work in agricultural vocations.

“The decision to withdraw this rule – including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ – was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms. To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.

“Instead, the Departments of Labor and Agriculture will work with rural stakeholders – such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, the Future Farmers of America, and 4-H – to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices.”

Must be 18-years-old to participate.


About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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One Response to Department of Labor withdraws child labor proposal

  1. Jane Brown says:

    I am seeing posts of hoorays and YEAS about the latest news: ‘Department of Labor withdraws rule dealing with children working on farms.’ I too am glad that the Department of Labor withdrew from governing the work and chores of youngsters who live on a farm and work on the farm, BUT……now it is the responsibility of the parents to educate these kids about the dangers of the areas of the farm.
    Almost each day the national office of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids posts an accident or death on their Facebook page that happened on the farm somewhere in the United States. Is it any wonder why the Dept of Labor felt they needed to govern the work of kids on the farm? Just like I wanted for my kids and grand-kids, I want all kids to have a good work ethic and know how to work safely on the farm and become the future farmers.

    To all farm parents, take this moment right now to start teaching your child how to be safe on the farm and not just send them out to do adult work without the knowledge of what the work entails. These are your kids, and it is your responsibility to keep your kids safe as well as the kids who visit the farm. Make rules and make sure these rules are understood and that all kids abide by the set rules and safety regulations.

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