Vol. 37 Iss. 7 - November 23, 2020



Report of Findings

Pursuant to §§ 2.2-4007.1 and 2.2-4017 of the Code of Virginia, the Department of Labor and Industry conducted a periodic review and small business impact review of 16VAC15-50, Regulation Governing the Employment of Minors on Farms, in Gardens and in Orchards, and determined that this regulation should be retained in its current form. The department is publishing its report of findings dated October 14, 2020, to support this decision.

This regulation is highly effective in ensuring that agricultural employers do not place minors in truly hazardous situations. All hazardous occupations in this regulation are demonstrable and proven hazards, even for adults. This regulation is essential in focusing society's attention to the fact that while minors may work at many jobs at 14 years of age and may work at most jobs at 16 years of age, certain occupations are so clearly dangerous, even to adults, that they should be only performed by mature adults.

The regulation is clearly written and easily understandable.

This regulation should have minimal economic impact on small businesses. The regulation also offers clarity and guidance for small businesses that employ minors to work on farms, in gardens, and in orchards.

This regulation does not overlap, duplicate, or conflict with federal or state law or regulation. This regulation was last reviewed four years ago. There have not been significant changes in technology, economic conditions, or other factors in the area affected by the regulation since it became effective.

The department has determined that retaining the regulation without amendment is consistent with the stated objectives of applicable law, and is the most effective way to minimize the economic impact of regulations on small businesses.

Contact Information: Holly Trice, Attorney, Department of Labor and Industry, Main Street Centre, 600 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 786-2641, or email



Agency Notice

Pursuant to Executive Order 14 (as amended July 16, 2018) and §§ 2.2-4007.1 and 2.2-4017 of the Code of Virginia, the following regulation is undergoing a periodic review and a small business impact review: 22VAC30-11, Public Participation Guidelines. The review will be guided by the principles in Executive Order 14 (as amended July 16, 2018).

The purpose of this review is to determine whether this regulation should be repealed, amended, or retained in its current form. Public comment is sought on the review of any issue relating to this regulation, including whether the regulation (i) is necessary for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare or for the economical performance of important governmental functions; (ii) minimizes the economic impact on small businesses in a manner consistent with the stated objectives of applicable law; and (iii) is clearly written and easily understandable.

Public comment period begins November 23, 2020, and ends December 14, 2020.

Comments must include the commenter's name and address (physical or email) information in order to receive a response to the comment from the agency.

Following the close of the public comment period, a report of both reviews will be posted on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall and published in the Virginia Register of Regulations.

Contact Information: Charlotte Arbogast, Policy Analyst, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, 8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Richmond, VA 23229, telephone (804) 662-7063, FAX (804) 662-7663, TDD (800) 464-9950, or email