Introduced in September 2009, by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment or CARE Act, would protect U.S. farmworker children by extending the same child labor restrictions and hazardous work protections enjoyed by other children in America.

American Public: Young Farmworkers Deserve Equal Protection of Child Labor Laws– Consumer Survey Finds Americans Concerned about Youth Working in Ag;

Most Parents Would Restrict their Teens More than Current Laws
Washington, DC – The vast majority of American consumers do not believe 12- and 13-year-olds should be allowed to perform agricultural work for long hours in the fields and would not allow their own children to work on a commercial farm at ages that the government currently allows, according to a survey released today. The survey, commissioned by the National Consumers League (NCL), the organization largely responsible for passing many of the nation’s first laws restricting child labor, reveals that most consumers—four out of five—agree that child labor laws should protect children equally no matter what industry they work in. Two in three survey respondents “strongly agreed” that protections should be equal. Only 1 in 7 favored unequal protection for agriculture.

Only 3 percent of those surveyed would let their own children under the age of 14 works more than 40 hours a week in the fields. Yet, federal law allows farmworker children to work unlimited hours in the fields outside of school hours and many farmworker children report working 60 or 70 hours a week.

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The CARE Act Had 107 Cosponsors in Last Congress

[The current Congress has not yet seen the expected re- introduction of the CARE Act. The information below if for the Congress that ended in December of 2010].

The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment

The Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE) would extend child labor protections to U.S. agriculture. It would prohibit 12- and 13-year-olds from working in agriculture. It would extend labor protections to 14- and 15-year-olds that all other young workers currently enjoy, restricting the hours you can work and prohibiting work that is unsafe. It would also bar 16- and 17-year-olds from doing work that is none to be hazardous–as is the case in all other industries. The bill also calls for increased fines, added pesticide protections for children, and injury reporting requirements for growers when young workers are injured.

(CARE), HR 3564, has 105 Cosponsors

Rep. Abercrombie, Neil

Rep. Baca, Joe

Rep. Becerra, Xavier

Rep. Berman, Howard

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