On March 24, 2023, Rep. Allen (R-GA), re-introduced the “Better Agricultural Resources Now Act” (BARN), which would amend the H-2A program to remove important government oversight and to slash labor protections that are needed to protect both U.S. workers and guestworkers.
Data analysis and visualization of Department of Labor FY2022 H-2A Certification Data
On October 12, 2022, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule amending the regulations of the H-2A temporary agricultural work visa program (the “2022 H-2A Rule”). Farmworker Justice welcomes the 2022 H-2A Rule’s limited improvements to worker protections and the standards that prospective H-2A employers must meet to obtain DOL certification. The impact of other changes, such as a new methodology for critically important prevailing wage determinations, remains unclear.
What is clear is that this rule does not go far enough to make the structural reforms that are necessary to confront the widespread abuse of US and foreign farmworkers in the H-2A program. The H-2A visa puts a worker’s legal status under the control of their employer, creating a power imbalance that too often results in exploitation and violation of workers’ rights. These workers need more than limited technical changes to achieve a truly safe and fair workplace[…]
Read Farmworker Justice’s fact sheets to learn more:
Farmworker Justice summary of the July 2019 proposed rulemaking on the H-2A temporary visa program. Comments are due September 24, 2019.
FJ Fact Sheet on Rep. Collins' "Helping Labor Personnel on Farms Act" or "HELP Farms Act," H.R. 2801, which seeks to expand the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program to year-round jobs.