Child farmworkers are exempted from many federal labor laws that regulate the employment of children in nearly all other industries. Other 12-year olds are not permitted to work more than 3 hours on a school day but children who work on farms can work unlimited hours before and after school. There are more than 300,000 children working for a living in our agriculture industry. Many of these children are members of families which need help providing for them. More children are injured and killed while working on farms than any other job. Each year, about 100,000 children are injured and more than 100 die while working with dangerous farm tools and heavy equipment. Some of these children work from 10 to 12 hours in sweltering heat, without plentiful water or restrooms. They are also exposed to large doses of pesticides that may cause cancer or damage their reproductive and nervous systems. Nearly half of these children are never able to finish high school. Child advocates claim this exploitation will continue as long as these conditions are legal.
Pending Legislation: None
I oppose reforming current child farmworkers labor policy
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to extend federal labor law protections to child farmworkers