Friday, July 27, 2012

House Passes Bill Aimed at Preserving Agricultural Child Labor Exemption

On July 24, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Preserving America’s Family Farms Act.” Currently, the farming industry receives a number or agricultural child labor exemptions. However, on September 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule which would have narrowed the agriculutural child labor exemptions.   DOL’s action was met with opposition, and on May 29, 2012, the new rule request was withdrawn.  In an effort to prevent DOL from proposing similar changes to the agricultural child labor exemption in the future, Congress passed H.R. 4157 which specifically prevents the Secretary of Labor from putting forward any new rule that is “substantially the same as” the regulations proposed on September 2, 2011.  With passage of H.R. 4157, on July 25, 2012, the Act was referred to the Senate. 

To read the entire “Preserving America’s Family Farms Act,” please click the link below:

112 H.R. 4157

Written by M. Sean High, Research Assistant
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center

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