DOL proposes changes to child agricultural labor laws

The Department of Labor announced late last month that it will propose changes to child labor regulations in an effort to increase protections for young workers in agricultural occupations. These regulations have not been updated since they were first enacted in 1970 and are currently much less stringent than regulations of child workers in non-agricultural occupations.

These proposed changes come not long after two 14 year old girls were electrocuted while detassling corn in Illinois. You can read more about the proposed changes here.