Obama Administration cans child labor laws changes


A proposed agriculture law on child labor that would have hit horse properties hard is to be withdrawn, the American Horse Council says.

On Thursday, the Obama Administration said it planned to withdraw a Department of Labor proposed child labor rule applicable to agriculture.

The proposed rule would have severely limited the ability of young people to work on farms and ranches.

The council, along with other agricultural organizations, had opposed the rule. It said it was pleased the administration responded to the concerns of the agricultural community.

The rule would have placed new limitations on the ability of young people to work for pay on farms or ranches not owned solely by their parents and would have effectively barred workers under 16 from working in most capacities in agriculture, especially around livestock, such as horses.

In November 2011, the council made a submission opposing the rule.

The council had also worked with a broad coalition of agricultural organizations to convince the Administration and Congress that the rule changes were ill-considered, would prevent young people from becoming involved in agriculture, and would negatively impact family farms and ranches.

The Administration said it was withdrawing the proposed rule based on the concerns of the agricultural community and would not re-propose any new regulations on this issue.

Instead, it will “work with rural stakeholders to develop an educational program to reduce accidents to young workers and promote safer agricultural working practices”.



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