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Senators fight rule restricting teen farm workers

Thirty senators led by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kans., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb., sent Labor Secretary Hilda Solis a letter this week urging her to withdraw a proposed rule that would restrict teenagers who are not the children of farm operators from working on farms. Read More...

Labor announces new adverse effect wage rates

The minimum hourly wage rates that employers must pay H-2A workers on temporary visas will go up in some states, down in others, and stay the same in some cases, the Labor Department announced today. Read More...

Romney tells Western Growers states should have visa power

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday that he would give the states authority to issue visas for farm workers, reported Western Growers, a large association of Arizona and California growers, packers and shippers. Read More...

Farmworker group objects to child labor change delay

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs said late last week that the Labor Department’s decision to extend the comment period on a proposal to update child labor regulations amounts to a capitulation to farm groups and members of Congress who asked for the extension. Read More...

Coalitions seek extension of child farm labor comment

A coalition of 60 agriculture groups and a congressional coalition this week called on the Labor Department to extend the comment period on a proposed rule to restrict the role of minors under the age of 16 in farm work. Read More...