Event Start Date: November 15, 2017 1:00 PM
Event End Date: November 15, 2017 5:00 PM
TITLE: AGRICULTURAL GUEST WORKERS AND RELATED WAGE AND HOUR RULES.
DATE: 15 November 2017 (Wednesday) via long distance
TIME: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
INSTRUCTORS: Fritz Roka1, Derek Farnsworth1, Zhengfei Guan1, and Steve Futch2
1Food and Resource Economics Dept – Immokalee, Gainesville, and Wimauma
2Multi-County Citrus Agent – Lake Alfred
- Outline the history, major details, and controversial issues associated with the current H-2A (agricultural guest worker) program.
- Describe compensable hours and how to correctly calculate minimum wage thresholds for H-2A workers.
- Discuss the current status of immigration reform and how the guest worker program is likely to change if comprehensive immigration reform is passed by the U.S. Congress.
1:00 – 1:30: Welcome, introductions, and pre-test
1:30 – 2:20: Description and brief history of the H-2A program
Current statistics and trends among agricultural guest workers
Estimated costs and potential benefits of H-2A workers
2:20 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:20: What is “compensable” time?
Calculating whether a worker has received the AEWR (i.e. minimum wage)
Fulfilling the ¾ guarantee and other requirements in the “Job Order”
3:20 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30: Status of federal immigration reform legislation
Proposed changes to H-2A program (i.e. H-2C visas)
4:30 – 5:00: Program evaluation and post-test
- County extension faculty will be able to outline the recruitment process for hiring H-2A workers.
- County extension faculty will be able to list at least 3 positive and 3 negative attributes of the H-2A program.
- County extension faculty will be able to determine correctly the number of compensable hours and whether or not a worker, paid by piece rate, has satisfied the relative minimum wage requirements.
- County extension faculty will be able to outline how prospective changes to the current agricultural guest worker program