CARE, Fair Labor Standards Act, Farmworker Children, Labor, Legislation, Regulations & Compliance

The Child Labor Exception…Farm Workers

From AllGov.com, Noel Brinkerhoff, 9 Aug 2011.

It is commonly assumed in the United States that federal law prevents children from working like adults. For the most part this is true. But not when it comes to farming.
Ever since the Great Depression when the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was adopted, requiring children to be at least 14 years of age to work outside the home, the agricultural industry has been exempted from this restriction. The result of this legal loophole is that about 400,000 children today work in American fields, performing backbreaking labor up to 12 to 14 hours a day, being exposed to toxic chemicals and earning below minimum wage.
Democrat Lucille Roybal-Allard of California wants to end this practice. The congresswoman has introduced the CARE Act (Children’s Act for Responsible Employment), which would raise the minimum age for farm workers to 14 and strengthen other laws to bring them more in line with other industries. First introduced in 2009, the bill has gained more than 100 co-sponsors.

Source: AllGov.com, “The Child Labor Exception…Farm Workers” by Noel Brinkerhoff, 9 Aug 2011.

About Farmworkers Forum

Farmworkers Forum is an online news and information resource for and about farmworkers. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed and very much appreciated! Let us know how we can improve this forum to better serve your needs and interests.

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

________________________________
Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 139 other followers

%d bloggers like this: