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DOL/WHD RIN: 1235-AA22 Publication ID: Spring 2018 
Title: ●Expanding Apprenticeship and Employment Opportunities for 16 and 17-Year Olds Under the FLSA 

The youth employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) were enacted to ensure that when youth work, the work is safe and does not jeopardize their health, well-being, or education.  The FLSA provides for a minimum age of 18 years in occupations found and declared by the Secretary of Labor to be particularly hazardous or detrimental to the health or well-being of youths 16 and 17 years of age in nonagricultural employment.  Hazardous Occupations Orders (HOs) are the means by which the Secretary declares certain occupations to be particularly hazardous for these youth.  The Department’s nonagricultural regulations provide limited exemptions from the HOs for apprentices and student learners who are working under certain conditions.  In this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Department will consider whether certain HOs as well as the conditions that apply to the employment of all apprentices and student learners in hazardous occupations, should be updated to reflect the current economic and work environments and to allow for safe and meaningful apprenticeship opportunities and student-learner programs.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 570   
Legal Authority: Fair Labor Standards Act    29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.    29 U.S.C. 203(l)    29 U.S.C. 212    29 U.S.C. 213(c)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Melissa Smith
Director, Regulations, Legislation and Interpretations
Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-3502,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-0406
Fax:202 693-1387