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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Children’s Act for Responsible Employment of 2009 (”CARE Act”) (H.R. 3564)

Children’s Act for Responsible Employment of 2009 (”CARE Act”) (H.R. 3564)

Core Provisions: The CARE Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (”FLSA”) to strengthen the prohibitions against child labor.  Specifically, the Act would (1) narrow the exemption for children performing agricultural work; (2) increase civil penalties for child labor violations; (3) impose special criminal penalties for aggravated child labor violations; (4) require the Secretary of Labor to gather and analyze data on work-related injuries to children employed in agriculture; (5) impose additional employer reporting requirements for work-related injuries for employees who are minors; and (6) incorporate a pesticide-related worker protection standard.

Status: Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the bill on September 15, 2009, and it was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor that same day.  Rep. Roybal-Allard introduced similar legislation (H.R. 2674) in the 110th Congress, but that bill failed to make it out of committee.