Proponents say no youths should have to choose

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their childhoods and to education. Proponents say no youths should have to choose between school and making money. Arguments against An argument against the FLSA has to do with limited access to paid laborers for American farms. Farmers have few options for laborers and farm hands. Through the 20th century, American family farms were
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run by farmers and their children, but an FLSA amendment, “Child Labor Requirements in Agricultural Occupations under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” last amended in 2007, severely limited what minors can do on American farms—even those owned and operated by their parents. Under the FLSA, minors under age 16 may be employed outside of school hours, without parental consent, on a farm; but they are disallowed from performing those agricultural tasks considered “hazardous” by the Secretary of Labor. These hazards include operating a standard sized tractor; operating or assisting to operate a myriad of agricultural machines; working in a farm
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yard, pen, or stall occupied by various animals including a cow with a newborn calf; working from a ladder at a height of over 20 feet; and much more. American farms have become industrialized—little is done without a machine—and with the hazard regulations put forth by the FLSA adolescents, even the children of farmers, cannot assist with the duties of running a farm. Additionally, as more and more Americans attend college and post- graduate programs, there are fewer rural blue collar workers to pick up the slack.
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Without turning to undocumented workers, farmers have few options when it comes to farm laborers and they believe agricultural jobs should be treated differently by the Secretary of Labor and the FLSA. Policy evaluation At least one-fourth of Americans currently work at jobs that do not pay a living wage. As the cost of living has risen, minimum wage has remained stagnant for several years. A study released in 2014 by Oxfam America, an anti-poverty organization, found that increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour would
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give roughly 25 million American workers a raise. Nearly one in five workers in every congressional district in America would benefit—about 55,000 people in every district. Raising the minimum wage would also pump money into the economy. When people have more money, they are able to spend more money on goods and services, thus, benefiting the economy. The FLSA is a good policy, but it needs to be updated and amended. The minimum wage is increasingly inadequate for life in modern America. Policy recommendations The FLSA should be amended. The federal
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minimum wage should be raised to a living wage to improve the lives of Americans and to improve our economy. Child labor laws for agricultural work should be amended to allow adolescents more opportunities for work on farms. As it currently stands, there
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