Wednesday, June 29, 2011
First Focus Press Release – Introduction of Roybal-Allard Legislation Protecting Farmworker Children (Introduced June 16, 2011).
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of children employed in agriculture work from working longer hours, at younger ages, in more hazardous conditions than children in other working sectors. The legislation amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) by correcting inequities in current labor law. Entitled the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE), the legislation was introduced at a press conference June 16 where Representative Roybal-Allard was joined by actress and activist Eva Longoria, who is also the executive producer of a new documentary The Harvest/La Cosecha.