Department of Labor Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Child Labor

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has announced a 30-day extension of the comment period for its proposed rule to revise regulations addressing child labor in agricultural and nonagricultural employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule proposed by the Wage and Hour Division would amend existing FLSA child labor regulations and incorporate into the regulations the enforcement policies the division follows when determining whether to assess a civil money penalty for child labor violations.

On Sept. 2, the department published a notice of proposed rulemaking in 76 Federal Register 54836 with a comment period scheduled to end on Nov. 1. Although many comments have been submitted on the proposal, the department also has received requests to extend the period for filing public comments from members of Congress and various agricultural business organizations.

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