The U.S. Department of Labor will conduct a virtual listening session for employers and their representatives to gather input about possible changes to the regulations governing the H-2A visa program for temporary agricultural employment of foreign workers. DOL’s stated goals are to listen, engage the public, and hear from many voices who could be impacted by potential changes to the regulations. Separate sessions for employees and their representatives are being offered.

Jason Resnick

Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released data from its annual farm wages report. USDA’s Farm Labor Survey is used to calculate the 2023 Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR), which determines the minimum wages for H-2A workers in each state. California employers can expect to see the AEWR increase from $17.51 per hour to $18.65 per hour, a 5.61 percent bump over the 2022 AEWR. The hourly rate will place California at the top of the pay scale across all states.

Jason Resnick

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