Friday, December 23, 2011

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Senators Urge DOL to Cancel Proposed Youth Labor Regs

Washington--A total of 28 senators have joined 70 House members in asking Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to withdraw proposed rules related to youth under the age of 16 working on farms. Under the proposed rules, youth under the age of 16 would be banned from operating tractors on farms other than those owned by their parents. Added restrictions on youth working with livestock and outdoors during the summer are also being considered.

Farm Bureau and numerous commodity groups also are urging Solis to drop the proposed rules.

“The traditions and the work ethic associated with growing up on a family farm are worth preserving,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told the Des Moines Register.

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