Hundreds of thousands of children are employed as farmworkers in the United States today. Though child labor laws are in place for many sectors, agriculture has a major labor law loophole that exploits children.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), children often work 10 or more hours a day with sharp tools, heavy machinery, and dangerous pesticides, and die at four times the rate of other working youth. They are often unable to keep up with their peers and drop out of school in alarming numbers.
By passing the newly updated Children’s Act for Responsible Employment, or CARE Act (HR 3564), our Senators and Representatives can take a stand against child labor in U.S. agriculture.
By passing the newly updated Children’s Act for Responsible Employment, or CARE Act (HR 3564), you can take a stand against child labor in U.S. agriculture. Among other important assurances, the CARE Act would apply the same age and hour requirements for children working on farms as applied to children in other sectors. It would raise fines for child labor violations, and it would require better data collection on child labor in agriculture by the U.S. Department of Labor. It would also preserve the family farm exception that excuses children working on their parents’ farms.