H. R. 4157
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 25, 2012
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To prohibit the Secretary of Labor from reissuing or issuing a rule substantially similar to a certain proposed rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 relating to child labor.
Short title and findings
This Act may be cited
Preserving America’s Family
Congress finds that—
family farms have a long history and tradition of providing youth with valuable work experience;
Department of Labor regulations should not adversely impact the longstanding tradition of youth working on farms where they can gain valuable skills and lessons on hard work, character, and leadership;
the Department of Labor’s proposed regulations would have curtailed opportunities for youth to gain experiential learning and hands-on skills for enrollment in vocational agricultural training;
the proposed regulations would have obstructed the opportunity for youth to find rewarding employment and earn money for a college education or other meaningful purposes;
the proposed regulations would have limited opportunities for young farmers wishing to pursue a career in agriculture at a time when the average age of farmers continues to rise; and
working on a farm has become a way of life for thousands of youth across the rural United States.
Rule relating to child labor
The Secretary of
Labor shall not reissue in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule
that is substantially the same as, the proposed rule entitled
Labor Regulations, Orders and Statements of Interpretation; Child Labor
Violations—Civil Money Penalties (published at 76 Fed. Reg. 54836
(September 2, 2011)).
Passed the House of Representatives July 24, 2012.
Karen L. Haas,