Thursday, May 27, 2010

Final Regulations of Child Labor Rules for Non-Agricultural Work Released

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published the final regulations updating protections for young employees in non-agricultural work for the 21st century economy.

"Today's regulations protect young employees from dangerous machines and tools, excessive work hours and other hazards at work," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "These rules incorporate recommendations from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and take a common sense approach to keeping young workers safe from harm."

The new regulations give employers clear notice that there are certain jobs children are simply not allowed to perform. They also expand opportunities for young workers to gain safe, positive work experience in fields such as advertising, teaching, banking, and information technology, as well as through school-supervised work-study programs.

The DOL says that with this set of rules complete, it will begin work on strengthening regulatory protections for children working in agriculture.

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