Trump Admin. Wants To Train Teens For ‘Hazardous’ Jobs
The Trump administration is reportedly planning to roll back decades-old labor law protections by allowing teenagers to work longer hours in hazardous workplace conditions.
Two sources told Bloomberg Law that the U.S. Department of Labor will propose changing the “Hazardous Occupations Orders (HOs)—that prohibit 16- and 17-year-old apprentices and student learners from receiving extended, supervised training in certain dangerous jobs,” such as roofing, chainsaw operations and other power-driven machines.
The U.S. Department of Labor refused to comment.
Michael Hancock, a former government official who spent 20 years enforcing child labor law, told Bloomberg Law how these new rules will endanger teens:
When you find 16-year-olds running a meat slicer or a mini grinder or a trash compactor, we know kids are severely injured in those circumstances. That’s why the laws exist in the first place.
Now we’re saying, “We’re going to open those hazards up to kids; we hope that the employer is going to follow the law to a T and make sure the kid is being closely supervised.” I think that stretches credulity to think that’s how it’s actually going to work.