Labor

Since March, more than 20 farms in Washington cited for COVID-19 violations

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has conducted 384 agricultural workplace safety and health inspections so far this year to help make sure farmworkers are safe on the job. One hundred thirty of those... more »

Interns can be hired by Colorado ag businesses with state’s help

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Workforce Development Program (AWDP) which will provide funding to agricultural businesses to hire interns for the 2021 growing season.  The AWDP provides... more »

Florida’s minimum wage hike: 5 things employers should know

Florida voters just approved Nov. 3 a constitutional amendment that will gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2026. What does this mean for employers? Here are the top five things you... more »

Beware of N95 respirator knock-offs

Whether you are looking for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for yourself or your employees, N95 respirators have been difficult to find over the past several months. The goal is to keep you and your pesticide... more »

Online resources for non-English speaking ag workers set by University of Florida

The fall crop season is underway in Florida and over the next few months, an increase in the farmworker population will help plant, maintain, and harvest our crops in the Sunshine State. Agriculture is an... more »

US Department of Labor: AEWR rules freeze wages for 2 years

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced Nov. 2 a final rule updating the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) in the H-2A agricultural visa program. The new rule aims to... more »

Breaking: Update of H-2A wage rule released by Department of Labor

The Department of Labor released an update Nov. 2 of its new H-2A Wage Rule, which it said promises to stabilize farm labor costs and reform the H-2A wage rate. “Over the past several years... more »

COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers extended in Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 23 extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation in order to... more »


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