Federal Legislation
January 27, 2012

H.R. 3323—Freeing Agriculture to Reap More Act (Farm Act)

Action Requested:
HSLDA urges you to contact your U.S. representative and tell him or her to cosponsor H.R. 3323. To find your representative’s contact information, please use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox. It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Your message can be as simple as, “The Department of Labor has passed unnecessary regulations that will hurt farms and minors looking for employment. Please support H.R. 3323, to limit Department of Labor and their new regulations to restrict minors from working in agriculture.”

Summary:
H.R. 3323 will restrict the federal government from changing the regulations for minors working in agriculture. This is necessary because of recent proposed regulations concerning the employment of minors in agricultural jobs on farms.

Status:

11/18/2011 Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

Sponsor: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-1)

Bill Summary—H.R. 3323

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Background:
The Department of Labor recently issued new regulations (76 Fed. Reg 171) “intended to place immediate limitations on the employment of 14- and 15-year old hired farm workers, even if they had completed their certification prior to the effective date of any final rule.” This will hurt family farms that hire young people to work on the farm before or after their individual school hours.

HSLDA did not oppose the Department of Labor regulations due to the fact that the new regulations do not apply to minors who work on farms owned or operated by their parents. However, we still feel that these new limitations will damage the farm industry unnecessarily.

Additionally, these new regulations will hurt the ability of young people to learn about farming, working for a boss, and preparing for a career in agriculture. H.R. 3323 will limit the ability of unelected bureaucrats at the Department of Labor to pass excessive regulations that hurt parents, farmers, employers, and young people.