February 2014


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Liz Kenton <[log in to unmask]>
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Youth Tractor Safety Education <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:02:48 -0500

Hi youth farm and/or safety and health folks,

Attached is a short draft of suggested guidelines from USDOL/National 
Council of Agricultural Employers (following last year's withdrawal of 
the proposed changes to existing HOSTA youth ag labor laws).

The document invites comments toward a "Model Policy ... that can be 
used 'as is' or modified for agricultural company purposes. The 
positioning and model policy applies only to hired labor, not immediate 
family of farm owners and operators."

Please take a look and share with your networks.


> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:     Draft Model Youth Employment Policy in Agriculture - Comments
> by 2/26/2014
> Date:     Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:09:58 -0800
> From:     Mary E. Miller <[log in to unmask]>
> To:     [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
> CC:     Mary Miller <[log in to unmask]>
> Dear Colleagues,
> After the demise of the federal proposal to update the agricultural
> child labor regulations, it seemed that guidelines incorporating some of
> the positive elements of the proposal may be a useful step at this
> point.  Regardless of the variable opinions about some of the content or
> process of the proposal by USDOL, it is still nonetheless important to
> keep moving forward to improve the protections for children working in
> the 21st century agricultural industry.  To this end, Barb Lee of the
> National Children's Center and I enlisted members of the National
> Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) to engage in a dialogue to
> draft a Model Policy for youth employment in agriculture.  Attached is
> the current draft document, that reflects the product of the work group
> that participated in this process; it is not the position of the NCAE.
> We would like to hear from you to address the following:
> 1.  What is your feedback about this approach (general or specific)?
> 2.  Are there areas that need improvement?
> 3.  Are there areas in need of clarification?
> 4.  Are there gaps that need to be addressed?
> We are considering the option of whether or not to include an
> endorsement section and are interested in your thoughts:
> 1. Do you think this type of guidance would benefit from having a list
> of endorsement organizations?
> 2. If yes, would your organization be willing to sign on?
> You can respond directly to myself ([log in to unmask]) and Barb Lee
> ([log in to unmask]).
> Thank you so much for your consideration of this request for input.
> Please feel free to distribute this further.
> Regards,
> Mary E. Miller
> Seattle WA
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Liz Kenton
Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator
University of Vermont Extension 4-H
11 University Way, Suite 4
Brattleboro, VT 05301

802-257-7967 x308