As we reported here, the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE), which Western Growers serves on their Executive Committee, has sued the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to stop unsustainable increases in the minimum wage for H-2A visa foreign guestworkers, known at the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (ARWR).  The 2019 AEWR rates are now in effect unless rescinded by court order or other action.

Jason Resnick

On December 26, 2018, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2019 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs). This notice applies to the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

Jason Resnick

As you may have seen in recent news reports, Washington took an unexpected turn in the last 24 hours, signaling a potential impasse and partial government shutdown. If the federal government fails to agree to a spending bill, we will be facing a partial government shutdown as soon as tomorrow morning.

Dennis Nuxoll

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