Temporary Agricultural Workers (H-2A Visas)
1 hour 30 minutes
Learn how to navigate the many overlapping and confusing rules and regulations of the H-2A program.
The H-2A program allows agricultural employers who anticipate domestic worker shortages to bring non-immigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform temporary or seasonal agricultural labor services. Federal laws and regulations provide for numerous worker protections and employer obligations with respect to wages and working conditions. Noncompliance can result in penalties and claims against employers utilizing H-2A labor. This topic will help agricultural employers navigate the many overlapping and confusing rules and regulations of the H-2A program to ensure a thorough understanding of employer responsibilities and requirements. The information will also review the application process and the many state and federal agencies involved.
• You will be able to define the eligibility requirements for employers interested in utilizing the H-2A program.
• You will be able to describe the application process, including the many agencies involved, filing deadlines, and what to expect in terms of audits and denials.
• You will be able to identify the requirements of the recruiting processing, including advertising and reporting.
• You will be able to explain the compliance requirements and employer obligations, including rules relating to housing, wages, transportation, and corresponding employment.