Overview of Employment and Labor Law for Farms and Ranches
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 120 minutes
2:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern
1:00 PM-3:00 PM Central
12:00 PM-2:00 PM Mountain
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Pacific
The faculty will discuss a myriad of employment and labor law issues affecting U.S. farms and ranches. The discussion will include the following:
- Use of unpaid labor (e.g., internships, apprenticeships, community volunteers, mentorships, “work shares”) for farms and Community Supported Agriculture ("CSA's")
- Exemptions under Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), Migrant and Seasonal Agriculture Worker Protection Act ("MSPA") and Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") for using family members as employees
- "In kind" compensation for farm workers (e.g., food, housing)
- Various immigration issues including work authorization, I-9 compliance, and H2A applications
- Compliance with FLSA, MSPA and Agriculture Worker Protection Act ("AWPA")
- Pre-seasonal and seasonal responsibilities of the employer-farm or ranch
- Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)
- Employee handbooks
- "Ag Gag" legislation and handling undercover surveillance on the farm
Rachel Armstrong, Executive Director, Farm Commons, Madison, WI
Kimberly Clarke, Partner, Varnum LLP, Grand Rapids, MI
Edward Cox, Agriculture Law Center Fellow, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Karen Eichman, Principal/Owner, Law Office of Karen E. Eichman, Esq., PLLC, West Chester, PA
Maggy Gregory, Associate, Daniel, Medley and Kirby, Danville, VA
Jennifer Jambor-Delgado, Senior Staff Attorney, Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG), St. Paul, MN
Arthur N. Read, General Counsel, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Cari Rincker (Moderator), Principal/Owner, Rincker Law, PLLC, New York, NY
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