H-2A wages now eligible for FFCRA tax credit, IRS determines

The IRS has reversed course on its interpretation of whether H-2A wages are eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) tax credit. On Jan. 28, the IRS issued new guidance in the form... more »

Stronger COVID-19 guidance offered by OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger COVID-19 Guidance. Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace was posted Jan. 29. Summary: This guidance is intended to... more »

Exemption from travel ban for South African H-2A workers granted

The State Department agreed Jan. 28 to give H-2A workers from South Africa an exemption from the U.S. travel ban taking effect on Saturday. The national interest exemption will also apply to some H-2B visa... more »

17th annual Agriculture Safety Day scheduled in Washington state

Agriculture Safety Day is one of the finest safety conferences in the Pacific Northwest and is focused on the agriculture industry. Registration for the 17th annual Agriculture Safety Day is now open. Sign up today... more »

Food and Agriculture Housing Task Force report issued by MDARD

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell unveiled Jan. 28 the 2021 Food and Agriculture Housing Task Force report aimed at helping to alleviate the challenges and impediments to having ample housing... more »

Improving farmworker COVID-19 safety aided as UC Davis launches $3M project

California’s 800,000 farmworkers have been hit hard by COVID-19, the disease that has infected more than 25 million people and killed more than 420,000 in the United States. Farmworkers are especially vulnerable to the airborne... more »

Rapid COVID-19 testing solutions set by Pinnacle Claims Management

Irvine, California-based Pinnacle Claims Management, part of the Western Growers Family of companies, announced Jan. 25. the launch of rapid COVID-19 testing at employer locations in Arizona and California as well as our Cedar Clinic... more »

More info needed to protect workers from pesticide exposure, GAO says

Farmworkers exposed to agricultural pesticides need additional information on how to protect themselves, according to the Government Accountability Office. According to a news release, since 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has had a Worker... more »

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