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Labor Dept. withdraws farm child labor rule after Daily Caller report goes viral

Posted By admin On April 27, 2012 @ 3:15 am In Featured Stories,Tile,U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Paul Conner
The Daily Caller [1]
Friday, April 27, 2012

Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report [2] by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew [3] a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms.

Critics complained that the regulation would have drastically changed the extent to which children could work on farms owned by family members. The U.S. Department of Labor cited public outcry as the reason for withdrawing the rule.

“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,” the Department said in a press release Thursday evening. “To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.”

The rule would have dramatically changed what types of chores children under the age of 16 could perform on and around American farms. It would have prohibited them from working with tobacco, operating almost all types of power-driven equipment and being employed to work with raw farm materials.

“Prohibited places of employment would include country grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, stockyards, livestock exchanges and livestock auctions,” read a press release [4] from last August.

Full article here [1]


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URLs in this post:

[1] The Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/26/amid-nationwide-outcry-labor-dept-withdraws-farm-child-labor-rule/

[2] report: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/25/rural-kids-parents-angry-about-labor-dept-rule-banning-farm-chores/

[3] withdrew: http://www.dol.gov/whd/media/press/whdpressVB3.asp?pressdoc=national/20120426.xml

[4] press release: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20111250.htm

[5] Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rural-kids-parents-angry-about-labor-dept-rule-banning-farm-chores.html

[6] Labor Dept Pulls Farm Child Labor Rule After Massive Outcry: http://www.prisonplanet.com/labor-dept-pulls-farm-child-labor-rule-after-massive-outcry.html

[7] Press Shakedown? Labor Dept. Wanted $1M from AP: http://www.prisonplanet.com/press-shakedown-labor-dept-wanted-1m-from-ap.html

[8] Obama Ban on Youth Farm Chores Part of Larger Power Grab: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-ban-on-youth-farm-chores-part-of-larger-power-grab.html

[9] Labor Department Says No Decision Yet on Whether to Delay Jobs Report: http://www.prisonplanet.com/labor-department-says-no-decision-yet-on-whether-to-delay-jobs-report.html

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