Yesterday, in a press release U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) responded to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 30-day extension of public comment period on the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act.


According to the press release, “Farmers and ranchers were given inadequate notice of, and insufficient time to comment on, the proposed rule which could fundamentally disrupt agriculture practices across the country. The proposed changes include a ban on many common farm activities of youth on farms or ranches not directly owned by their parents.”


Sen. Moran stated that, ” The Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act did not come by recommendation of Congress; they came out of the blue, lack common sense and a basic understanding of how agricultural operations work, and pose a real threat to the future of family farms and rural communities in Kansas and across the country. It is DOL’s responsibility to make certain there is sufficient time for thorough vetting of a proposal with such far-reaching consequences. Given the timing of the original comment period, it appears the Department is trying to impose this regulation without vital input from farmers and ranchers.”


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Posted 11/3/2011