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Protecting young farm workers from very dangerous tasks

DOL has insufficient prohibitions for workers aged 15 years or younger from performing particularly dangerous tasks when they are employed on US farms. In April 2012, the Labor Department withdrew its draft regulation to protect young farm workers from certain deadly occupational hazards they face. Those hazards have not disappeared, and young farm workers continue to be injured and killed on the job. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez should direct the Wage and Hour Division to resurrect that rule; modify it to address substantive, fact-based public comments; and publish a final rule.

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