Re: IL CHILD LABOR LAWS
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU)
Tue, 28 Mar 1995 11:27:56 +0900
On 3/27/95, Dave Hultberg wrote:
>That raises the question of what happens when our Scouts participate in
>fund raisers? Will GSUSA members selling Girl Scout Cookies require a work
>permit? What about BSA and the sale of Trails End popcorn? That also would
>apply to sports teams, school band boosters and any other organization that
>serves youth. We all need to raise funds and that certainly qualifies as
>"using minors in any activity where financial gain of an individual, _group_,
>or company results, in full or in part, from the performance of any youth
>under 16 years of age." IMHO youth organizations in Illinois still have the
>potential for significant problems from the I D of L!
There is a book that addresses this issue and it is excerpted in the April
_Reader's Digest_. Philip K. Howard, in _The Death of Common Sense_,
examines how government regulations are causing people to lose faith in
government because of some of the lengths agencies go to when applying laws.
This appears to the be case in Illinois, where Law X states "thus and such"
and because it is there in black and white, everyone must follow it TO THE
LETTER! So instead of common sense dictating that youth groups can engage
in service projects for the good of the community, the law blocks it because
they could be doing something that a person might get paid to do. Perhaps
those involved in researching this situation in Illinois should send their
findings to Howard for inclusion in his next book. I am sure he only scratched
the surface (one instance cited in the RD article was of a pretzel factory
that got in hot water with OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration]
because several railings in the plant were a couple of inches lower than
the law required--even though the plant has been in operation for close to
100 years and no one was ever injured because the railing was too low).
Here is the data on the book for those who are interested:
CALL NUMBER: KF384 H69 1994
Author: Howard, Philip K.
Title: The death of common sense : how law is suffocating America /
Philip K. Howard.
Edition: 1st ed.
Imprint: New York : Random House, c1994.
Description: 202 p. ; 22 cm.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. -202).
Subject: Law -- United States.
Subject: Law reform -- United States.
Subject: Bureaucracy -- United States.
Bruce in Blacksburg Webelos I Den Leader, Pack 56
P.S. We went through some of this same discussion not too many months ago
about BSA regulations and doing right for the boys--while following the
rules is the best course of action, there are times that common sense MUST
come into play to see that we provide the best, safest, program FOR THE
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