The Department of Labor (DOL) has apparently heard the voice of the American farmer (and the American people) and backed off its plan to restrict or severely limit family members under the age of 16 from working on family farms.
The news was posted following extensive coverage on The Blaze and other sites, tens of thousands of comments posted on the DOL’s website, and after a bi-partisan group of 98 Senators and Congressmen sent letters to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, protesting the planned action.
The original rule claimed to be “protecting” young people. However, it was so restricting that minors working on their family’s farms would not even be allowed to use a battery-powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose.
From the DOL statement:
“…the Department of Labor is announcing today the withdrawal of the proposed rule dealing with children under the age of 16 who work in agricultural vocations.
“The decision to withdraw this rule – including provisions to define the ‘parental exemption’ – was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms. To be clear, this regulation will not be pursued for the duration of the Obama administration.”
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