Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations, saying, "The decision to withdraw this rule -- including provisions to define the "parental exemption' -- was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms." The full release by the DOL is available here.
"Over the past few months, I have met with countless farmers, ranchers, and families who raised concerns about the impact this proposed regulation would have on their livelihoods and experiences. After listening to many residents, I expressed these concerns to the Department of Labor and to the Administration." said Congressman Cleaver. "I am pleased to see that they listened to us. It was the right choice to withdraw this rule, and it is time to focus more on working with, not against, folks on the ground. I will continue to fight for the right of farmers and ranchers to make critical decisions about running their businesses, with a focus on protecting educational programs, animal and equipment exemptions, and a policy that allows and inspires the younger generations to benefit from the experiences of their parents and grandparents."
Previously, Congressman Cleaver submitted a letter in regard to these proposed regulations to the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade.