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Associated Press, Published October 05 2010

Law change a headache for North Dakota nursing homes

BISMARCK – A change in federal child labor laws that prohibits some teenagers from operating mechanical lifts is causing headaches for some North Dakota nursing homes that use lifts to move patients.

The Department of Labor provision that went into effect this past summer prohibits 16- and 17-year-olds from operating the lifts because of safety concerns.

The change affects more than 205 certified nursing assistants statewide and has meant some nursing homes are having to juggle their schedules. For teen workers, it can mean a loss of pay and experience.