Good bit of difference between the actual bill & the way the con. spin comes out.http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20111250.htm
Has little to nothing to do with a family farm or the children but has a lot to do with the safety of under aged workers on the mega farms. A grain elevator & silos are highly dangerous things among others.
WHD News Release: [08/31/2011]
"......The proposed regulations would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents."
I'm digging a little deeper Sam. What is "con." stand for?
OK, the press release dated 8-31-2011 say the regs don't apply to farms owned by the parents. What about the next door neighbor's or a relative's farm. Where do the draw the line between "protecting" and smothering? Would it be illegal for the horse farm that allowed me to clean stalls and operate their tractor? (I was 16) I wasn't related to them in any way and no on forced me to do it.
I was talking to a grower of hot house tomatoes. He is 80 something years old and picking his own tomatoes on a Sunday. It was humbling to watch him work as I talked with him. No moss growing on that man. He was grumbling that no one wants to work. He had beautiful tomatoes spoiling on the vines, because of a lack of help. Would the farm labor laws make it illegal for him to give a kid a chance? I'm not promoting child abuse. I'm saying laws cut two ways. Legalism is stifling.
Here is another article that I think is balanced. http://bearingdrift.com/2012/04/25/the- ... ct-chores/
I have to move on to doing other things. I tried finding the actual proposed regulations but it has eluded me. Usually they are very hard to understand the way they are written and very long.