U.S. Department of Labor nearly bans children on farms from using flashlights
The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing new regulations for child labor on farms. One of these regulations says that children under the age of 16 are not allowed to operate "battery powered tools". After many complaints, they clarified what that and other regulations meant. Children will now be allowed to use flashlights and screwdrivers under the new rules if passed. I want to avoid getting into the other aspects of this regulation and focus on this one issue. The right of children to use a flashlight legally on a farm (for many, that's their home) was almost taken away because of a technicality in a poorly worded proposed regulation. How would you feel if your children weren't allowed to operate a flashlight and you had to carry it for them to avoid breaking the law?