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Thursday, April 26, 2012

DOL withdrawals new child farm labor proposal

It seems that we did it. I started talking about this last year, but have since been silent on it, watching and waiting. I know many of you have been talking about it lately. And I am happy to be able to share this info with you.

DOL WHD News Release

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.

Read the entire release here>>>

Large will be able to continue to earn his own money on hay guy's farm! 

I know there will be many people upset by this though. But they don't live on family farms. Nor did they truly understand what all was written in the proposed laws. 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (Ks) who opposed the proposal, issued the following statement:

“For generations, the contributions of young people have helped family farm and ranch operations survive and prosper. If this proposal had gone into effect, not only would the shrinking rural workforce have been further reduced, and our nation’s youth deprived of valuable career training opportunities, but a way of life would have begun to disappear. This is a tremendous victory for farmers and ranchers across the country.”


Liesl Garner said...

This is great. I work in the Employment field and I often place young people who are fresh out of high school - if they've Bucked Hay - I know they are not afraid of hard work. They get my vote every time. Plus - my boys would feel deprived if they weren't able to work alongside us on our farm! The put on boots like their daddy. (They mostly play while we work, but they like to think they're helping from time to time!)

Phelan said...

My boys have been milking and feeding cattle for years. Under the proposal, they would no longer be able to do that. They enjoy milking. Horses would have been off limits, and they would have had to stay in the house when the cows mowed the front yard.

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