CBS News reports:
Arkansas is rolling back some child labor protections after Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a new law to make it easier for children under 16 to get hired. The new law is part of a push by some states to loosen child labor rules at a time the job market remains tight, with the lowest jobless rate since 1969.
The Arkansas law, called the Youth Hiring Act, eliminates a requirement that children under 16 obtain an employment certificate before getting hired — a document that proves the child’s age, describes the work they will undertake, and gives written consent from the child’s parent or guardian.
The rollback comes less than a month after the Department of Labor fined a company for employing children as young as 13 to clean “razor-sharp saws” with “caustic chemicals,” including at two Arkansas meat-packing plants.
Read the full article. Critics say the bill puts children at greater risk of human trafficking.
Just two weeks ago, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. was fined for violating child labor laws in eight states, including Arkansas.
“The company paid $1.5 million in civil penalties for making children as young as 13 work in dangerous conditions.” https://t.co/NrWquNwJz0
— The Recount (@therecount) March 8, 2023
Wow they actually did it. This is what ag states with barely a shred of governance left are doing to make sure they have an easy supply of cheap slaughterhouse labor. The human trafficking angle makes GOP “groomer” conspiracies all the more insidious https://t.co/H26tRIJMv7
— Marina Bolotnikova (journa.host/@mbolotnikova)🐈 (@mbolotnikova) March 8, 2023