ERIC Number: ED469298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Ones the Law Forgot: Children Working in Agriculture.
Davis, Shelley; Leonard, James B.
Contrary to popular perception, the agricultural workplace presents many hazards. Yet children are allowed to work on farms at an age when they are likely to lack the training, skill, or maturity to handle these functions safely. This study of child labor in agriculture is divided into seven parts. Following an introductory section, part 2 provides a demographic snapshot of both the farmworker population as a whole and farmworkers under age 18. Analysis highlights the strengths and weaknesses of available databases. The third part describes the work performed by children in agriculture. The fourth part analyzes the risk factors child workers face for fatal and nonfatal injuries. General studies that encompass all farmworkers are also taken into account. Another set of studies examines injuries to all children who live and work on farms. These data, too, are analyzed for the light they shed on hired child workers. The fifth part describes federal and state child labor laws regulating agricultural employment. A limited discussion is included of laws of general applicability, which could be used to reduce the hazards to children working in agriculture. The sixth part sets forth 20 recommendations for enhanced legal protections. (Contains 90 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Child Labor, Farm Labor, Federal Legislation, Injuries, Labor Legislation, Labor Problems, Migrant Children, Migrant Workers, Occupational Safety and Health, Quality of Working Life, State Legislation
For full text: http://www.fwjustice.org/images/CHILD%20 LABOR%20REPORT%20-%20FINAL.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Fair Labor Standards Act