On May 20, 2010, the US Department of Labor issued new regulations concerning child labor under the FLSA.  The regulations, which are effective July 19, 2010 and available here, are focused on the limitations as to both duties and work hours applicable to 14-15 and 16-17 year-olds in “non-agricultural” occupations.  The regulations address in detail the types of machinery that minors are permitted to and barred from operating as part of their employment. 

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has indicated that the Department now plans to update its regulations concerning child labor within the agricultural arena.