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Arkansas Loosens Child Labor Protections

HeadlineMar 10, 2023

Arkansas Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed a law dropping a requirement that employers verify the age of children who apply to jobs. A spokesperson for Sanders told The Washington Post the provision was “burdensome and obsolete.” Arkansas law allows children as young as 14 to obtain jobs. Republican lawmakers in several other states, including Iowa and Minnesota, have recently advanced similar legislation. This comes after an investigation by The New York Times exposed the forced labor of unaccompanied migrant children as young as 12 at factories across the United States. Click here to see our interview with the report’s author, Pulitzer Prize winner Hannah Dreier.

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