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Reduce Farm Labor Law Compliance Risk: Check Out DOL’s Online Sessions

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Do you have questions about Federal labor laws that apply to your farm workers? What about the H-2A Temporary Employment Certification requirements? Or, would you like to learn more about OSHA health and safety requirements for farm workers? Maybe you want a refresher on the Fair Labor Standards Act and child labor, or maybe how to comply with the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act. Tune in today (April 5th) through April 7th for the U.S. Department of Labor’s virtual agricultural seminar entitled “Nourishing Equity and Cultivating Compliance” for sessions about these and other federal laws governing agricultural employment and their enforcement. You can register here to attend.

The seminar, which is presented with other agencies and stakeholders, focuses on federal regulations governing agricultural employment and includes discussions on the Fair Labor Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the H-2A temporary agricultural program and Office of Foreign Labor Certification. You can learn about requirements for wages, housing, transportation, field sanitation, farm labor contractor certification, and more. Discussions will also include Equity, Retaliation and Labor Trafficking in agriculture.

Check out the schedule of events below. You can also find it here.

The goal of the seminar is to help farm employers improve their compliance with Federal farmworker labor laws. In fiscal 2021 alone, the department recovered $8.4 million in back wages for more than 10,300 agricultural employees and assessed employers with more than $7.3 million in civil penalties. This week’s series is intended for farm employers, workers, labor contractors and other stakeholders.

For more information about all of DOL’s National Farmworker Awareness Week outreach events, click here or check out the DOL’s blog post.

And for information and resources about Federal and State farm labor laws in Maryland, check out ALEI’s Farm Labor publications.

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