Department of Labor scraps proposed child labor rules

Family FarmsYou may remember from a previous Ag Alert! that the U.S. Department of Labor had proposed to “increase parity” between agriculture and other industries by changing the rules that allow children to work on their parents’ farms as long as the parents are the majority owners of that farm. The suggested change would have banned kids from working for their parents under certain circumstances.

Initially there were so many outcries in opposition to the department’s proposal that the agency was forced to retract it in its original form. Then it later issued a revised rule change proposal which was met with equal or greater resistance. According to Farm Bureau News, the DOL received over 10,000 comments on the proposal.

A few weeks ago, the department announced that it is abandoning its proposals altogether, which is welcome news to the thousands of family farms across Washington State.