Idaho's Labrador would let teens work in mechanized logging

The Spokesman-ReviewMay 8, 2014 

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds should be able to work in mechanized logging operations under parental supervision, says 1st District U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.

Labrador has proposed amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow that.

“While the agriculture industry enjoys regulatory exemptions that allow family members between the ages of 16 and 17 to work under their parents’ supervision, the logging industry doesn’t have that same right,” he said. As a result, “Young men and women in families who own and operate timber harvesting companies are denied the opportunity to work and learn the family trade until they reach adulthood.”

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