Administration backs down on child labor regs for farms

The Obama administration has withdrawn controversial regulations that would have prevented children under 16 from working in many farm jobs. While the government claims the regs would have exempted family farms. many rural lawmakers were unconvinced that the broadly drawn language in that respect wouldn't have applied to families who own or partially own their own farm. In announcing the walk back, the labor department tried to put the best face on a stinging rebuke from rural America: "The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing those traditions down through the generations," the Labor Department said in a statement announcing the withdrawal of the rule. "The Obama administration is also deeply committed to listening and responding to what Americans across the country have to say about proposed rules and regulations." The new regulations...(Read Full Post)