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Feds: Iowa child labor expansion conflicts with federal law

Posted on AllSides September 1st, 2023

A new letter from the U.S. Department of Labor says an Iowa law passed earlier this year to ease child labor restrictions in the state conflicts with federal law, putting young Iowans at risk in dangerous jobs and creating confusing, contradictory rules for Iowa businesses to follow. Statehouse Republicans, in response, contend Iowa Democrats and the Biden administration are working together to misrepresent Iowa’s youth employment laws. The letter, dated Aug. 24, is a response to one sent July 19 by Iowa Democratic state legislators. It says that when state...

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