Labor Department Changing Farm Worker Rules

February 12, 2010 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new rules for the H-2A Guest Worker Program that have sparked protest from agricultural employers.

The new rules, to go into effect March 15, were published in the February 12 edition of the Federal Register. The final rules govern the labor certification process and enforcement mechanisms for the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. The DOL said the rules are aimed at strengthening worker protections for both U.S. and foreign workers, but employers say the change means higher costs and a process so time-consuming they may not be able to hire enough labor to harvest their crops.

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