On December 19, 2014, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal non-immigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services. Western Growers issued an email e-blast to members on Friday, Dec. 19th on this issue.

Jason Resnick

The government funding bill currently before Congress has revived a long-running debate over how many hours truck drivers can spend on the road.  Lawmakers included language in the $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill that blocks U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations implemented in 2013 designed to relax driver scheduling regulations and prevent driver fatigue.

Ken Gilliland

Now that President Obama has laid out his plan to use executive actions to alter the way current immigration laws are enforced, Ag employers are considering the impacts on their workforce.  Most details are not yet available, but it appears that many of the changes that could impact the industry may take months.  One thing is certain: the president is not enacting any special policies or regulations to help agriculture as he is doing for businesses that hire high-skilled workers.

Jason Resnick

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