Labor Dept. Rule Banning Farm Chores Withdrawn!- Your NWYC Issue Update
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Labor Department Rule Banning Farm Chores Withdrawn!
Acting on pressure from constituents, Congress urged the Department of Labor to withdraw their restriction on youth working in agricultural operations. The rule was fully withdrawn.
According to Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO): "Proposed revisions to our nation’s child labor laws that would have threatened agriculture and opportunities for aspiring young farmers were officially withdrawn this week by the Department of Labor.
The fact that this rule was ever proposed in the first place was absurd, and it shows the Administration’s fundamental misunderstanding of what it takes to run a family farm. I am, however, glad to see the Administration exercise common sense and actually listen to the thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect it would have on family-owned farms.
The proposed revisions would have prohibited children on farms from participating in a variety of activities including operating a tractor, applying pesticides and working with livestock. Children would also have been prohibited from working on any farm that was not directly owned by their parents." (Press Release)
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Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s move to withdraw a controversial farm labor rule that would have prevented many young people from working on family farms. Chairwoman Stabenow has been a vocal opponent to the rule, urging the Department earlier this year to reconsider and solicit public input before making any new changes to the “parental exemption” of its rule related to child labor in agriculture. Today, the Department announced it would withdraw the rule.
“I grew up in Clare, was active in 4-H, and know how important family farms are in Michigan,” Chairwoman Stabenow said.“I am glad the Department of Labor heard my concerns and the concerns of so many families in Michigan and decided to re-evaluate and ultimately withdraw this rule. There must be strong safeguards to protect children from dangerous situations, but there needs to be an understanding that many children in rural communities learn about safety by helping their family on the farm.”
Chairwoman Stabenow urged the Labor Department, in a letter to Secretary Hilda Solis in October of last year, to take more time listening to comments from families across the country who would be impacted by the proposed rule changes. Sen. Stabenow argued that prohibiting youth from working on family farms could have far-reaching effects on youth education programs like 4-H, family farms and rural communities. Following Sen. Stabenow’s request, and strong opposition from family farmers, the Department of Labor began a public comment period in February resulting in the decision to fully withdraw the rule.