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Legislative lowdown: DOL issues final rule expanding protections to temporary farmworkers

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Employers that rely on temporary farmworkers with H-2A visas will have to comply with an enhanced set of protections for these employees starting June 28.

The protections are detailed in a final rule announced by the Department of Labor (DOL) on April 26. The H-2A program allows employers to bring foreign workers into the US to fill temporary agricultural jobs for up to 10 months, provided they can demonstrate efforts to recruit US workers weren’t successful. These workers are entitled to earn a state minimum wage, as well as receive housing and transportation through their employer.

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