MY side is hurting from laughing so long and hard as I read the far right blog on this site. Please enjoy a moment of hilarity and go there and read the posts about new child labor laws as they pertain to farms and then come back for the facts. Time and time again the far right nut jobs ignore the actual facts as the facts get in the way of their pre-programmed thinking and agendas.
Here are the facts the new proposed changes to the laws and please note the sentence I have bolded. Hey granny, your folks still won't be arrested LMAO.
Enjoy the laugh.
New Child Labor Laws proposed
— filed under: Fairfield County
Recently the Department of Labor issued a proposed ruling to change the kinds of agricultural equipment and agricultural chores young people would be permitted to perform
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DOL PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CHILD LABOR REGULATIONS - Dee Jepsen, Agricultural State Safety Leader
Farm employers and agricultural businesses are encouraged to read more about the proposed changes to the Department of Labor Child Labor Regulations and how these changes will affect youth working in agricultural settings. The opportunity for public comment is open through December 1.
To access the complete document, visit the US DOL website: http://webapps.dol.gov/FederalRegister/HtmlDisplay .aspx?DocId=25286&Month=9&Year=2011
To comment on the ruling or read reviews of others, visit the Regulations.gov Website:
These proposed changes will be the first update since 1970. They are designed to bring agricultural jobs in line with other guidelines required of employers in non-agricultural areas. NOTE: The proposed rules would continue to exempt children working on family farms.
A summary of the changes include:
1) Regulatory changes to the Child Labor Laws for Agriculture.
o Tractors operated by 14 and 15-year old youth be equipped with approved Roll-Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and seatbelts; and that seatbelt use be mandated.
o Prohibit the use of tractors of any horse power, including small garden-tractors; whereby the training exemption will either be removed or changed to 90 hours of study.
o Require that student learners operating tractors & farm machinery on public roads have a valid state driver's license.
o Prohibit use of electronic devices, including communication devices, while operating tractors, power-driven equipment, and motor vehicles.
o Restrict use of all power-driven equipment (similar to that of non-agricultural industries).
o Prohibit minors from riding as passengers on all farm machines when on public roads, and all student learners riding as passengers must have an "approved seat and seatbelt" with a mandatory use seat belt policy.
o Prohibit employment in occupations involving operation of non-powered driven hoisting apparatus and conveyers; no student-learner exemption would be permitted.
o Prohibit certain occupations involving working with or around animals: includes handling animals with known dangerous behaviors; assisting in animal husbandry practices that inflict pain upon animal or result in unpredictable behavior (such as branding, breeding, dehorning, vaccinating, castrating, and treating sick/injured animals); poultry catching or cooping in preparation for market; working in a yard, pen, or stall of an intact (non-castrated) male animals or with female animals with suckling offspring or umbilical cords present; herding animals in confined spaces or on horseback, or using motorized vehicles such as trucks or all terrain vehicles.
o Prohibit the felling, bucking, skidding, loading, or unloading timber of any size; and prohibit the removal of stumps except by manual means.
o Prevent the employment in construction, communications, wrecking, demolition, and excavation for youth 14-15 years of age.
o Prevent the employment while working on roofs, scaffolds, ladders, and elevations greater than 6 feet, including elevated farm structures like grain bins, silos, windmills, and towers, as well as elevated farm equipment and implements.
o Prohibit driving all motor vehicles and off-road vehicles by youth younger than 16.
o Prohibit work inside a fruit, forage, silo, grain bin, or manure pit.
o Consistent with EPA Worker Protection Standards for pesticides, ban all work that falls within the EPA classification of pesticide handler.
o Prohibit the employment of young workers in tobacco processes - includes planting, cultivating, topping, harvesting, baling, barning, and curing.
o A new non-agricultural regulation prohibiting the employment of youth in occupations containing farm-product raw materials and wholesale trade industries - includes work performed at country grain elevators, grain elevators, grain bins, silos, feed lots, feed yards, stockyards, livestock exchanges, and livestock auctions.
2) Changes to the training exemption - commonly known as the Tractor Certification Program - Eliminates training offered through Cooperative Extension programs. Recognizes programs taught through school-based agricultural education programs and their instructors. The proposal also seeks to increase training from 24 hours to 90 hours.