The government is at it again... Trying to micromanage every part of life. The newest is 29 CFR parts 570 and 579. It is a proposed rule to limit the amount of work kids can do on a farm/ranch not soley owned by there parents. Strictly parents- grandparents don't count.
This rule would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to:
1. Herd livestock on horseback
2. Sort livestock on horseback
3. Operate equipment
4. Operate any vehicle, tractor, feed truck, or ATV
5. Operate any tool that is not powered by hand- no cordless or corded screwdrivers, no sewing machines operated by foot pedal etc.
6. Move hay bales
And the riduculousness continues.
The implications could be outstanding when looking at 4-H, FFA, Grange or other youth organizations. Not to mention, it doesn't just apply to paid children but also those who work without pay. No helping the neighbor, no brandings, no nothing! No work on the farm or ranch by kids under 16.
I encourage everyone to tell the DOL what they think of their proposed rules:
or Write your comment to:
U.S. Dept. of Labor
200 Constitution Ave.
Washington, DC 20210
This needs to be stopped!