Bloomberg Law
May 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Trump Administration Wants to Train Teens in ‘Hazardous’ Jobs

Ben Penn
Ben Penn
Reporter

The Labor Department plans to unwind decades-old youth labor protections by allowing teenagers to work longer hours under some of the nation’s most hazardous workplace conditions, sources familiar with the situation told Bloomberg Law.

The DOL will propose relaxing current rules—known as Hazardous Occupations Orders (HOs)—that prohibit 16- and 17-year-old apprentices and student learners from receiving extended, supervised training in certain dangerous jobs, said the two sources. That includes roofing work, as well as operating chainsaws, and various other power-driven machines that federal law recognizes as too dangerous for youth younger than 18.

The sources’ accounts were corroborated by a ...

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