Historical Background of the Child Labor Regulations: Strengths and Limitations of the Agricultural Hazardous Occupations Orders

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Olympia, Washington, USA.
Journal of Agromedicine (Impact Factor: 0.92). 04/2012; 17(2):163-85. DOI: 10.1080/1059924X.2012.660434
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ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper is to review the background of key legislative and regulatory milestones of the initial laws and federal child labor provisions limiting hazardous work by children in agriculture up to the more recent developments contributing to the proposed updates to the agricultural hazardous occupations orders. A summary of the key changes are described and the significant differences between agricultural and nonagricultural regulations are highlighted. Recommendations for future policy are provided.

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    • "Regulations for youth employed in agriculture were enacted in 1970, but are less protective than for youth employed in nonagricultural settings [Miller, 2012]. Children as young as 12 years of age can legally work and perform far more dangerous activities in agriculture than they can in nonagricultural settings [Miller, 2012]. Children of farm owners are completely exempt from the FLSA [Miller, 2010]. "
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