The public commentary period on new child labor regulations for youths working on and around farms proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) in early September has been extended a full month to Dec. 1, 2011.

The extension was granted by the Obama administration after U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, along with others, asked the administration to extend the comment period.

Language in the proposed regulation would further limit the places, times and activities where children can work on and around farming operations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which first placed restrictions on child labor and continues to be the basis for such regulations.

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