Today in Salinas, farm labor contractors and grower-shippers who use the H-2A visa program in Salinas and Yuma, met to discuss compliance issues and ask questions of officials from the Wage & Hour division of the U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL). The meeting was a follow up to one held last December in Yuma initiated by a group of H-2A program users led by Steve Scaroni of the Scaroni Family of Companies. It is acknowledged by many in the industry that the program is so technical and complicated, and that many of the rules and regulations are subject to differing interpretations. DOL Wage and Hour officials, led by Ruben Rosalez, regional administrator, traveled to Salinas to provide their interpretation of the H-2A regulations and to answer questions from growers and contractors who use the program.
Jason Resnick, vice president and general counsel of Western Growers, moderated the panel discussion where growers and contractors had questions answered about enforcement policies, and some of the more complicated regulations. For example, officials discussed their concerns with the CalVans program where workers can use state-owned vans and/or arrange carpools for transportation between farmworker housing and the fields. DOL expressed their concerns about how vanpool arrangement may not be in compliance with the H-2A program. The meeting was co-hosted by Tanimura and Antle, and attended by U.S. Representative Sam Farr. For questions, please contact WG’s Jason Resnick.
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