Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
US Department of Labor offers training on federal labor requirements for Florida farm labor contractors and agricultural employers (Hillsborough County)
Free seminar to be held in Hillsborough County
TAMPA, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will offer a free seminar to assist farm labor contractors and agricultural employers in complying with section H-2A of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. The seminar will be held at the Florida Strawberry Education and Event Center, 13138 Lewis Gallagher Road, Dover, Fla. 33527, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. EST.
Training will be provided on temporary, agricultural nonimmigrant compliance requirements, including several areas where Wage and Hour Division staff have found compliance problems in past years. Federal and state representatives will discuss no-cost housing and transportation arrangements, and issues related to adverse effect wage rates and employee hours worked. In addition, the session will include a discussion on ways to improve vehicle safety for migrant and agricultural employees.
This seminar also will be held in Wauchula, Fla., on Monday, Dec. 6, and Winter Haven, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. EST.
There is no cost for any of these seminars. For more information, members of the public should contact Mike Rios at 813-288-1400, ext. 28. The press should contact the individuals listed above with questions.
Section H-2A of the Immigration Reform and Control Act authorizes the admission of temporary nonimmigrant workers to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Employers participating in the H-2A program are required to comply with specified labor standards relating to wages, transportation, housing and records. MSPA provides protection for migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, and requires all farm labor contractors to register with the department’s Wage and Hour Division.
Information regarding enforcement of H-2A, MSPA or any of the laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division is available by calling the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4-US-WAGE (487-9243) or visiting the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/whd.
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