Question of the Week



By: Jeremy Alford


“How many kids will we be able to put to work with this bill, and will it finally make us competitive with Indonesia?” That was the politically incorrect query from Rep. Walt Leger, III, D-New Orleans, who satirically asked about legislation that would allow parents to employ their 12-year-old children in the family business. Under current Louisiana law, the minimum age at which a minor can be gainfully employed is 14. Federal laws, which the proposed bill mirrors, permit a 12-year-old to work in his or her parents’ business under certain circumstances.

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