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  •  Hunger and poverty makes some parents less (1+ / 0-)
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    reluctant to putting their children to work. Are you not aware of the history of child labor in our country?

    "Make it so", Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise.

    by brainyblond on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 07:48:37 AM PST

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    •  I am aware of the history of child... (0+ / 0-)

      labor issues and they should be banned from dangerous factory positions...but to say they cannot work in daddy's office or as a "beach badge checker" is just way over the top...

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      by dvogel001 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 02:10:18 PM PST

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      •  What the hell type of work are they going to (0+ / 0-)

        be doing in daddy's office?  Are they the most qualified? Or is it this another nepotism network. Will they be used to keep wages down for adults seeking the same work?   In the abstract your points sound okay, but in real life they are ridiculous and not remotely connected to what is currently happening in the labor market.  

        •  Oh so I see... (0+ / 0-)

          this is a labor protectionist issue...not a child abuse issue...when I was growing up I worked in my dad's law office as a "gopher"...and it was great experience...did I take away anyone's job...no...it was about 12 - 16 hours a week and they would not have replaced what I did with an adult...just did without or had the secretaries do it within the scope of their job and lower their overall client productivity...

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          by dvogel001 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 03:23:34 PM PST

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          •  Dear God man (0+ / 0-)

            not everything can relate back to your own personal experience.   What is with you?

            I'm much less concerned about gophers in law offices than I am with 14 year old kids making beds in hotels, 12 year old's doing landscaping, and 15 year olds working as busboys all for wages less than what their work is worth.  

            It is both a labor protection issue and a child abuse issue.  Labor is a contract between business and employee.  In our country we hold that persons under the age of 18, except in special circumstances, cannot enter into a contract.  Are 13 year olds able to negotiate salary?  Do they have the experience to handle racism or sexism on the job?

            Are you telling me a 14 year old is smart enough to recognize labor discrimination.  

            For godsakes, there are reasons why these laws were written in the first place.  THERE WAS WIDESPREAD ABUSE.  Go pick up a history book.  Are we just going to pretend that decades of child exploitation did not happen in this country?  

            •  Of course minors cannot enter... (0+ / 0-)

              into any legally binding contract without their parents signature...so their parents would have to sign off on any employment contract...so again...more straw men...

              As for 12 year olds doing landscaping...funny you mentioned that...when I was 12 I pulled weeds in neighbors gardens for $1 per hour in 1974...so I see no issue with that...

              At the end of the day...your argument is less about protecting children and more about protecting labor special interests...that is fine...but lets call a spade a spade...

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              by dvogel001 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 02:12:26 AM PST

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              •  You had a choice to work or not, to pull weeds or (0+ / 0-)

                not. This is not about willfully working, this is about exploitation...sheesh...

                "Make it so", Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Enterprise.

                by brainyblond on Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 07:46:49 AM PST

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