Labor

New York panel delays reduction of 60-hour overtime threshold

The three-person New York Farm Labor Wage Board voted Dec. 31 to delay reducing the overtime threshold for farmworkers until at least November. The board had considered lowering the overtime threshold from 60 to 40... more »

Cal/OSHA emergency standards to protect nation’s food supply challenged

A coalition of agricultural and business employers has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the COVID-19-related emergency temporary standards recently approved by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. According to... more »

Judge rules against H-2A wage rate freeze, reforms

On Dec. 23, a federal court in California enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to freeze, and effectively lower, several hundred thousand farmworkers’ wages employed at farms that use the H-2A agricultural guestworker program.... more »

COVID-19’s impacts on food system, ag workers discussed at CSU

The High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (HICAHS) at Colorado State University hosted a virtual panel discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 on workers in the agricultural sector on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Moderated by... more »

COVID-19 training prevention program extended to Yuma, Arizona

Replicating another of its Salinas Valley programs, the Grower Shipper Association of Central California (GSA) has established a COVID-19 training prevention program for food facility and farm employees in the Yuma in cooperation with the Regional... more »

Labor survey that determines AEWR reinstated by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) intends to reinstate the Agricultural Labor Survey which was suspended on Sept. 30. According to a Dec. 10 news release, NASS will mail the... more »

Strong job demand for college graduates with degrees in ag seen

A new report, released Dec. 9 by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Purdue University, shows a strong job demand for new college graduates with degrees in agricultural programs. U.S. college graduates... more »

DOL, Mexican Consulate establish plan to protect, educate workers in Michigan, Ohio

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Detroit have signed a two-year alliance to promote workplace safety and health training and educational opportunities for... more »


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