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March 27 2020

  Farmworkers Face Threat From COVID-19 This past month has brought an explosion of uncertainty to farmworker communities with the emergence of COVID-19 in the United States and around the world.  The COVID-19 crisis highlights the inadequacies and the inextricable … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 3/27/2020

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March 26 2020

Last week, Maryland became the fourth state in the U.S. to ban chlorpyrifos, thanks to the tireless efforts of a broad coalition of farmworker, environmental and public health advocates. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2021 and will … Read more National Farmworkers Awareness Week Blog: Dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos banned in Maryland

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March 02 2020

  Public Charge Rule is Now in Effect  Pursuant to recent Supreme Court decisions, on February 24, the Administration's public charge rule went into effect in all 50 states. Farmworkers applying for LPR status in the U.S. as well as … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 2/28/2020

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February 03 2020

  DOL Releases New Joint Employer Rule   On January 12, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a new final rule in the form of an interpretative regulation on joint employer liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new interpretation … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 1/29/2020

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November 14 2019

  Farm Workforce Modernization Act Introduced             On October 30, Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), introduced the “Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019.” This bipartisan legislation, H.R. 5038,  was the result of complex negotiations between members of … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 11/13/19

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October 24 2019

  H-2A International Recruitment Fraud Puts Workers into Debt Under the H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program, it is unlawful for recruiters to charge recruitment fees to workers. Nevertheless, it is all too common for recruiters in the H-2A program … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 10/21/19

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October 24 2019

Farmworker Justice and Other Advocates Submitted Comments to the DOL Regarding Proposed H-2A Program Changes            On September 24, Farmworker Justice and many other organizations and advocates responded to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) published request for comments to proposed … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 09/27/19

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August 23 2019

Trump Administration Proposes Major Changes to H-2A Agricultural Guestworker Program:  Comments Due September 24            On July 26, the Department of Labor (DOL) published proposed changes to the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program regulations in the Federal Register. Interested … Read more Farmworker Justice Update – 08/22/19

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July 11 2019

Year-Round H-2A Amendment Included in House DHS Appropriations Bill On June 11, the House Appropriations Committee passed an H-2A year-round rider on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill for FY 2020, via voice vote. Reps. Newhouse (R-WA) and … Read more Farmworker Justice Update – 07/11/19

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June 07 2019

Farmworker Justice Update: 06/07/19 Dream and Promise Act Passed in House On June 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2019,” H.R. 6, by a vote of 237-187. The bill provides critically needed … Read more Farmworker Justice Update – 06/07/19

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