Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On August 29

On this day in ...
... 1833, Parliament passed An Act to regulate the Labor of Children and Young Persons in the Mills and Factories of the United Kingdom. Also known as the Factory Act, it was "[t]he first significant legislation passed anywhere in the world to attempt to deal with the appalling conditions faced by workers laboring in factories." Its principal concern was labor by children; the statute, excerpted here, limited to 48 the hours that children could work in mills or factories in a given week, and it further guaranteed them 2 full and 8 half-day holidays a year.

(Prior August 29 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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