The Trump administration plans to roll back child labor laws for hazardous work, Bloomberg reports.
Draft documents obtained by Bloomberg detail the Labor Department’s plan to roll back protections for child workers under the guise of expanding apprenticeship.
The proposal would remove limits on 16- and 17-year-olds being trained in dangerous conditions.
The proposal would allow teens to work longer hours under “some of the nation’s most hazardous workplace conditions,” Bloomberg reported.
The DOL will propose relaxing current rules—known as Hazardous Occupations Orders (HOs)—that prohibit 16- and 17-year-old apprentices and student learners from receiving extended, supervised training in certain dangerous jobs, said the two sources. That includes roofing work, as well as operating chainsaws, and various other power-driven machines that federal law recognizes as too dangerous for youth younger than 18….
Currently, 16- to 17-year-old apprentices and high school students in vocational programs can receive limited exemptions to perform work in some of the hazardous occupations. Those exemptions generally don’t exceed an hour a day.
Child labor advocates slammed the move, warning it would “erase decades of progress in reducing youth occupational fatalities and injuries” and “lead companies to abuse their newfound regulatory leniency by pushing lower-paid, younger workers into hazardous jobs and ignoring the tough-to-enforce supervision terms.”