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Farm Bureau Highlights Department of Labor’s ‘Tsunami of New Rules’

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule aimed at strengthening protections for temporary agricultural workers by making several changes to the H-2A program. DOL noted that the rule will provide new protections for employee self-advocacy, clarify termination of employment “for cause” and ensure employer accountability. However, the rule has raised concerns about adding additional complexity to the H-2A program.

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said that while farmers prioritize the safety and protection of their workers, the new rule assumes guilt until proven innocent. Duvall pointed out that with the new 600-page rule, the Department of Labor has issued 3,000 pages of new regulations in the past 18 months. “In reality, the workers most supported by DOL are the lawyers needed to interpret the tsunami of new regulations that continue to move the goalposts for farmers,” Duvall said in a news release.

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Brian German
Ag News Director / AgNet West