Labor

Southeast ag industry’s increased compliance goal of labor division

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is currently engaged in an education and enforcement initiative to increase compliance with federal labor laws in the Southeast’s agricultural industry. In addition to enforcement activity,... more »

NCAE column: Wage increases naturally lead to job loss – ag included

Seriously, what did they expect would happen? The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently analyzed the economic impact of the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 and found, to the surprise of no one in agriculture... more »

Farm Workforce Modernization Act reintroduced in Congress

U.S. Representatives Zoe Lofgren, D-CA, and Dan Newhouse, R-WA, reintroduced March 3 the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, H.R. 1537, which creates a workforce solution for America’s agriculture industry by providing stability, predictability and fairness to... more »

Worker Protection Standard Train-the-Trainer Refresher Courses planned

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association, in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, will hold four Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-the-Trainer Refresher Courses The sessions will be held on March 5 in Wenatchee,... more »

Michigan’s food, ag workers encouraged to register to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Michigan’s food processing and agricultural workers are encouraged to register to receive a COVID-19 vaccination appointment as eligibility expands to Michiganders working in the food and agriculture sector. "Throughout the pandemic, Michigan’s food and agriculture... more »

Michigan ag director issues emergency rules to protect agricultural workers

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell issued on March 2 Pandemic Public Health Measures in Migrant Agricultural Worker Housing Emergency Rules. The rules require licensed housing providers to create and implement... more »

Cal/OSHA Emergency Standards action cited by ag, business group

In response to the decision Feb. 26 of the Superior Court to deny motions for preliminary injunctions restraining the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board from enforcing the Emergency Temporary Standards, a coalition of... more »

Colorado food and ag workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

On Feb. 26, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Brigadier General Scott Sherman and Scott Bookman, Incident Commander with the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment provided a much anticipated announcement that the state will enter... more »

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