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— Robert Louis Stevenson
NCAE News, Legal/Technical, & Other Employer Issues:
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday filed a memorandum in support of its motion to dismiss a case that alleges it illegally fined New Jersey farm Sun Valley Orchards LLC half a million dollars for H-2A visa program violations.
Brett Donovan Bussey and Jorge Gomez, who worked for the Georgia Department of Labor, have been linked to one of the largest U.S. human trafficking cases ever prosecuted involving foreign agricultural laborers brought here on seasonal visas, reports Yahoo! News via USA Today.
The H-2A visa program allows farmers in the United States to be certified by the U.S. Department of Labor to recruit and employ guest workers, usually for a maximum of 10 months, when they are unable to find enough workers living in the United States (including U.S. citizens, other legally authorized workers, and workers not authorized to work in the United States).
A local nonprofit is urging the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to include farmworker protections in the county’s pending evacuation zone access policy, which would determine when agricultural workers are given access to farmland during wildfires and other types of emergencies.
For NCAE members who participate in the H-2A program, some bad news was received Wednesday evening. NCAE participated in a conference call with the Department of Homeland Security where we were informed that the Administration’s requirement that essential workers entering the U.S. from foreign countries, will stay in effect until further notice. The original requirement was set to expire on April 21, 2022.
This restriction has added costs and worker delays for agricultural employers using the program. NCAE has been working with USDA, CDC, the Departments of Labor, State, Health and Human Services, and the National Security Council to get added flexibility in the requirement for H-2A workers. Members have reported a stunning number of workers recruited for temporary positions in Mexico, have received non-WHO/CDC approved vaccines. Hopefully, a more sensible approach will be forthcoming. We will keep you posted.
Next Thursday NCAE will be hosting a webinar on Heat Related Illness beginning at 1 pm ET. As we have noted, the Biden Administration is bringing great focus to heat related worker injuries. NCAE members strive diligently to protect the employees we work with from all manner of hazards. This webinar will provide information on how we can protect our team members from the negative impacts of heat in the workplace. Please register for this important webinar at ncaeonline.org.
Have a great weekend!
News articles and citations of interest for week ending 2022/04/22
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