DHS Requirement: Non-U.S. Individual Travelers Entering U.S. Must Be Fully Vaccinated

Jim Rogers General, Labor

WASHINGTON – Beginning today January 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will require non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States, either by land ports of entry or ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. They will also have to provide related proof of vaccination. These new restrictions will apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for both essential and non-essential reasons. They will not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents …

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UF/IFAS, UF College of Medicine Collaborate to Offer Health Screenings for Farmworkers

Jim Rogers Florida, Labor

WIMAUMA, Fla. — A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) statewide health initiative will provide health screenings for about 200,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida. It hopes to provide an underserved population with health-maintenance care, including nutritional information. It all starts Saturday, Jan. 22 in Wimauma, Florida. Any farmworker can take advantage of the free screenings by …

New H-2A Wages Effective Dec. 29

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

A prior issue of the Florida Citrus Mutual Triangle newsletter provided information about the new wage that growers must pay H-2A labor, effective Wednesday, Dec. 29. The H-2A program allows U.S. employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of …

AFBF, Other Groups Send Letter Requesting Ag Workers Be Exempt From Travel Restrictions

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), along with more than 60 agricultural groups, including the Alabama Farmers Federation, Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Georgia Agribusiness Council, Georgia Farm Bureau and Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, sent a letter to the Biden Administration requesting that agricultural workers from South Africa be exempt from travel restrictions. The “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry …

DOL Extends Comment Period for Rulemaking to Protect Workers from Heat

Clint Thompson Labor, Top Posts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is extending the period for submitting comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings. Comments on the ANPRM must now be submitted by Jan. 26, 2022. The 30-day extension provides stakeholders more time to review the …

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rule Modifying Methodology for Setting AEWR

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on its proposal to modify the methodology used to determine the hourly Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) for the H-2A program. The proposed changes will better enable the department to meet its statutory mandate to ensure the employment of H-2A workers will …

Labor Crisis: Farmers Need to Vocalize Concerns for Reform to Occur

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Labor, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Southeast producers who have concerns over the proposed Farm Workforce Modernization Act are encouraged to voice their displeasure to members of Congress. It is the only way real change can be made with the current Ag labor system, says Bob Redding, who works for the Redding Firm and serves as a lobbyist for agricultural groups in Washington, …

DOL Extends Comment Period for COVID Vaccination, Testing ETS

Clint Thompson Labor, Top Posts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the comment period for the COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard (ETS) to Jan. 19, 2022. OSHA extended the comment period by 45 days to allow stakeholders additional time to review the ETS and collect information and data necessary for comment. Submit comments identified …