H-2A Basics Training Program

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The UF/IFAS Farm Labor Supervisor Training Program Presents:

Thursday, April 27
UF/IFAS Southwest FL Research & Education Center, Immokalee
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The classes are free and a sponsored lunch will be provided
Classes will be presented in English only

H-2A Basics Part 1: Bringing in a temporary legal workforce under the H-2A program.

This class covers the processes related to gaining approval as an H-2A employer. It includes items you will need to prepare for the application form; the flow of the paperwork; protections for U.S. workers; foreign worker recruitment; H-2A employee rights; and additional guarantees for U.S. workers. The class emphasizes the importance of dedicating internal personnel to the program and bringing in outside experts to help. The class ends with a Department of Labor review of top compliance issues related to H-2A, followed by a panel of experts on the H-2A application and recruitment process.

H-2A Basics Part 2: Managing workers under the H-2A program.

Managing workers according to contractual obligations of the H-2A program after they are here is even more complicated than the recruitment process, and it is more likely that employers will be visited by DOL because H-2A employers are identified to the enforcement arm. Paperwork and recordkeeping are more critical than ever, including the additional task of tracking hours offered and hours worked. Timely re-payment of travel costs, transportation to the workplace and housing regulations are some of the important topics covered in this class, and cautions about treating U.S. workers differently from foreign workers. The class will end with a discussion of potential pitfalls by a panel of H-2A growers and labor contractors.

Please contact Barbara Hyman to register at hymanb@ufl.edu or call 239-658-3461.

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