USCA ( December 8, 2011) - The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) recently submitted comments regarding the Department of Labor’s proposed regulation, “Child Labor Regulations, Orders and Statements of Interpretation; Child Labor Violations- Civil Money Penalties”, which was published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2011. The proposed changes would revise the initial child labor regulations that were issued within the Fair Labor Standards Act and would far outreach the regulatory extent to which the federal government currently operates in regards to on-farm youth labor oversight.
USCA opposes the majority of the proposed regulations and is urging its membership to communicate with their elected representatives and local media outlets to ensure their fellow producers are aware of the drastic implications the rule would have on family-run farm and ranch operations throughout America. The proposed changes would apply to a multitude of daily farm tasks, but most significantly, they would restrict agriculture work to only those youth whose parents directly own and operate a farm or ranch operation, and would effectively limit any participation from additional family members or neighbor’s children.
USCA President Jon Wooster commented on the proposed regulations, “The Department of Labor’s proposed regulations represent a substantial government overreach into the nation’s agriculture industry. Farmers and ranchers have relied upon the involvement of youth to assist in the day-to-day operations for years. This is where learning the fundamentals of production agriculture begins for rural youth. While we understand the overall intent of the proposed regulations and its application to youth safety, this measure is an intrusion into the management of our farm and ranch operations that's completely unnecessary and, in many ways, quite harmful. USCA believes the Department of Labor should withdraw this proposed regulation."
To view USCA’s comments on the proposed regulations, visit www.uscattlemen.org.