Fair Labor Standards Act

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Farming Operation Accused of Cheating Workers

From MyDesert.com, Desert Sun Wire Services, 2 Apr 2012. RIVERSIDE — A commercial farming operation and four of its contractors face accusations of cheating Coachella Valley-area migrant workers of pay and failing to provide them with basic living amenities. Calandri SonRise Farms, headquartered in Lancaster, is being sued in federal court for alleged violations of … Continue reading

Summer Legal Internship – Farmworker Rights Division – Georgia Legal Services Program

From HSLOrgs.com, Harvard Immigration Project, 16 Feb 2012. The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services seeks law students to join our advocacy on behalf of migrant farmworkers. The Farmworker Rights Division provides free legal representation and community outreach and education to the workers who hand-harvest Georgia crops. Typical cases involve growers failing to pay … Continue reading

Laws on Farm Labor Impact Minors

From LakeNewsOnline.com, Rance Burger, 28 Dec 2011. Lake of the Ozarks, MO — Proposed changes to farm labor laws may change the landscape of education in rural communities across the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and beyond. The U.S. Department of Labor will consider implementing new rules for youth farm labor in 2012, rules that Missouri … Continue reading

Young Farm Workers at Greater Risk of Dying On-the-Job, Proposal to Protect Them Called “Detrimental,” “Foolish” and “Idiotic”

From ScienceBlogs.com, The Pump Handle, ‘Celeste Monforton, 18 Nov 2011. For U.S. workers, the risk of dying on the job is highest if you are employed in agricultural, fishing or hunting. These jobs are not just a little riskier than the average job, they are nearly 8 times more life-threatening. The fatality rate for all private sector … Continue reading

H-2A Employer Cannot Credit Required Housing Toward Wages, 11th Circuit Rules

From HECouncil.org, Hawaii Employers Council, Nov 2011. An employer hiring migrant farm workers through the H-2A visa program cannot credit the cost of housing that federal law requires the employer to provide the workers in the wages paid to the workers, the Eleventh Circuit decides. However, the Court agrees that the employer is entitled to … Continue reading

Proposed Rules Would Sharply Cut Use of Youths for Work on Farms

From FDLReporter.com, Colleen Kottke, The Reporter, 7 Nov 2011. Youth planning to earn college tuition working on grandpa’s farm may have to look for employment elsewhere Proposed regulations from the Department of Labor will greatly limit the ability of youth under the age of 18 to work on farms or in jobs related to agriculture. … Continue reading

Farm Column: Changes in Hiring Youth for Farm Work Being Proposed

From FDLReporter.com, Fond du Lac, Mike Rankin, 28 Oct 2011. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as currently written has essentially been on the books since the 1970s. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled some significant changes to the law that will impact farm owner/operators, 14- and 15-year-olds who desire to work on … Continue reading

Safety Group Works To Keep Farm Children Safe

From The-Farmer.com, 26 Sept 2011. Upcoming webinar explains proposed changes to child ag labor laws which haven’t been updated since 1970. The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the … Continue reading

Can Educating Consumers Help Make Farm Labor Fair?

From TheNation.com, Michelle Chen, 20 Sept 2011. This summer in California, as legions of migrants culled America’s bounty from sun-scorched fields, Governor Jerry Brown put the right to unionize even further out of their reach. Brown’s decision to veto a controversial bill to provide streamlined card-check voting for farmworkers trying to form unions reflected Brown’s … Continue reading

New Child Labor Proposals Will Impact Some Family Farms

From IowaIndependent.com, Lynda Waddington, 6 Sept 2011. In its first such move since 1970, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking aim at risky exposures for minors, and the proposed rules could spell changes for family farming operations. The proposal, according to the DOL, would “strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture … Continue reading

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