Food, agriculture are “critical infrastructure”

March 26, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a guidance document on the “essential critical infrastructure workforce.” The list comprises industries and workers that need to remain operational even during protective measures against COVID-19. The agriculture …

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Ag guest worker bill

January 23, 2020

Last month, the House voted 260 to 165 to pass H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), seeks to improve …

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Bipartisan Farm Labor Bill Introduced in House

November 7, 2019

Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act on October 30 with more than 50 co-sponsors. UEP supports this bill and will continue to advocate for improvements to help …

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DOL Proposes Changes to the H-2A Program

July 25, 2019

On Monday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule to modernize the H-2A program. The changes are responsive to stakeholder concerns and expected to enhance employer access to a legal source of agricultural …

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H-2A Changes Under Review

June 27, 2019

The White House is reviewing a final Labor Department regulation that would update the H-2A foreign guest worker program. The proposal would no longer require that employers advertise openings in newspapers before hiring a guest …

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