Labor advocates have a long history of trying to prevent workers from getting paid for their labor.
But now, advocates are also fighting to prevent employers from using their own children to work for them.
The Obama administration has been pushing states to create laws to limit children working on farms to children between the ages of 12 and 17, the age at which the Labor Department’s child labor policy began.
The Trump administration has not proposed such a policy, but it has proposed a policy to “restrict the recruitment of children to farm employment, or to the use of children in the production of agricultural products.”
The Obama administration, which introduced a proposal to limit the use children in agriculture to minors in 2018, has also been pushing the states to restrict the recruitment and use of their own young children, particularly those from immigrant families.
But advocates have been pushing back against the use and abuse of children, including in the dairy industry, for more than a decade.
“I think the use [of children] is very dangerous,” said Elizabeth M. Siegel, a labor lawyer at the National Employment Law Project.
In 2014, for example, she filed a class-action lawsuit against the dairy company that she says exploited and abused children in her office.
The lawsuit said the company exploited children in a way that violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, among other laws.
Siegel said the complaint is a rare example of an employer using children in its operations.
The dairy company didn’t respond to requests for comment on this story.
“I believe it is a form of child labor,” she said.
The Trump administration and some other Democrats have called for the states not to limit their own child labor laws.
But Siegel said she doesn’t think that the use or abuse of minors in agriculture is a good idea.
She said the use can also be harmful because the use is illegal.
“There is a risk that employers will use children because of a child labor claim,” she told The Hill.
A number of labor advocates say that if the federal government takes steps to limit underage labor, it could also help workers.
Child labor law is one of the many laws that are being debated in the Senate, which is looking at how to reform the federal workforce.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has proposed the Senate Labor Committee to examine how to streamline the labor laws that the Department of Labor and the Department the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversee, and she has proposed requiring employers to disclose how much their workers make, how many hours they work and whether they are paid overtime.
But in the House, Rep. John Yarmuth, D‑Ky., has introduced a bill that would require that federal workers’ pay and benefits be based on the actual hours worked, not how much they are earning.