Published on Daily Kos, by Joan McCarter, September 7, 2011.
The administration’s logjam on issuing the first new child labor regulations in 40 years finally broke, and last week the new rules were officially proposed. The revisions would extend restrictions on child labor, including barring children under 16 from cultivating tobacco or operating most power-driven equipment, in the first update to the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning child farm workers since 1970.[...]
The proposal comes in response to health and safety concerns for young workers. Earlier this month, a Colorado company pleaded guilty in federal court for violating workplace laws in the death of a 17-year-old boy who suffocated after being sucked under flowing grain while cleaning a bin. The proposed revisions would extend regulations to prohibit child agricultural work with animals, pesticides, timber, manure pits and storage bins … (full text).
Child labor, a concern for all, Sept. 7, 2011;
Child labour on en.wikipedia;
Chicago students protest Sears ties to child labor and rape, on People’s World, by Mark Gruenberg, September 9, 2011.