Before your teen-aged son or daughter starts a part-time farm job this summer, here's a question for you to consider: Can they legally hold a farm-related job?
Federal child labor laws prohibit youth under 16 from doing many farm-related tasks unless they've completed a certified tractor or machine operation course. Your son or daughter can work around tractors or machinery on your farm. They also can work around machinery when they detassel corn.
You also might want to consider whether your child has a work permit. Iowa employers are required to keep work permits on file for all employees under age 16. It's up to your son or daughter to apply for the permit.
For more information about laws regarding youth farm employment, contact your local extension office.
This radio public service announcement script was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm Program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: June 1993.
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