On behalf of Tennessee farmers the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation submitted comment regarding proposed changes to the Department of Labor’s Child Labor Laws. Although comments were due on December 1, it is still important to stress to Members of Congress how these proposed changes would affect farms, agricultural education, FFA and 4-H.
The U.S. Department of Labor proposed revisions to the child labor rule, “Child Labor Regulations, Orders and Statements of Interpretation” (RIN 1235-AA06) would prohibit children younger than 16 from operating power-driven equipment and those under the age of 18 from working with livestock. In addition, those under 16 or 18 years old would be prohibited from doing farm work for anyone other than their parents.
Farms offer an opportunity to learn life lessons while developing knowledge about agriculture. Youth need the opportunity to learn responsibility, the value of hard work, and earn a little spending money.
Below are the comments submitted to the Wage and Hour Division of the Department and Labor: