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‘It’s just crazy’: Republicans attack US child labor laws as violations rise
Changes lawmakers are seeking, such as expanding types of approved work, will potentially ‘put kids in dangerous situations’
As child labor law violations have been on the rise in the US, some state legislators are pushing for changes at state and federal levels to roll back protections in what some see as a threat to return child labor to the country.
The laws aim to expand permissible work hours, broaden the types of jobs young workers are permitted to do, and shield employers from liability for injuries, illnesses or workplace fatalities involving very young workers.