The Labor Department failed to pass an initiative that would require paid farm workers to be 16 to use power equipment, such as tractors. They would have to be 18 to work at grain elevators, silos and feedlots. The rules would not have applied to children working at farms owned by their parents, but they would have limited the paid jobs youngsters could do on their neighbors’ and relatives’ farms. The agency dropped its proposal in the face of intense opposition from agricultural groups. The proposal came about to prevent child deaths on farms, a statistic that has been steadily climbing. Full article.

New York provides strict laws for children under the age of 17 who work. For children 16 and 17, under New York law, when school is not in session, these children are permitted to work up to 8 hours a day, 48 hours per week, between 6 a.m. and midnight. While school is in session, children 16 and 17, are permitted to work 4 hours one a day preceding a school day (Monday through Thursday) and 8 hours on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or holidays. Children 16 and 17 years of age may work up to 28 hours per week. New York law also regulates the kind of work children may undertake. Included on the exhaustive list, is any place dangerous or injurious to life, limb, or morals. New York’s Child Labor Laws see: NY Department of Labor

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