Debates over child labor laws have involved a new group in Washington State: amateur sports teams. A new labor bill before the House -- HB 1930 -- specifies that athletes playing in an amateur sports league would not count as employees, as defined under the Minimum Wage Act, Industrial Welfare Act...
Following a year of disturbing new coverage on the dangerous health effects of working on tobacco farms, 35 House Democrats have officially requested that the Obama administration prohibit children from this hazardous form of work. The Democratic legislators, led by Representatives David Cicill...
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the Department of Labor recently announced a $2 million solicitation to fund an extensive program aimed at reducing child labor in the home production of Afghan rugs. Qualifying organizations will be awarded funding to promote efforts to reduce the worst...
More American youth under the age of 18 die in farming accidents each year than in all other occupations combined. Kids employed on farms also suffer a disproportionate number of work injuries.  Yet following endless criticism from Republicans, the Obama White House has withdrawn proposals for new ...
For many kids who grow up on the farm, "learning to drive" means learning to operate a tractor or other farm machinery even before driving a car. Tractors are central to family farm life, and for this reason advocacy groups and members of Congress have responded critically to recent proposals from ...