Proposed H-2A Changes Tries but Fails to Contain Considerable Wage Variability

Proposed H-2A Changes Tries but Fails to Contain Considerable Wage Variability
On July 26, the Department of Labor published a proposed rule that would amend its regulations regarding certain provisions of the H-2A program. Among the many changes in the proposed rule are revisions to the methodologies used to determine the Adverse Effect Wage Rate. Rather than a single AEWR for all H-2A workers within a region, DOL has proposed AEWRs by agricultural occupation. The proposal reflects the department's concern that the current AEWR methodology for field and livestock workers (combined) may have an adverse effect on the wages of workers in higher-paid agricultural occupations, such as farmworker supervisors and construction laborers on farms. Read the Sept. 19 Market Intel update for a look at what the proposal means for farms utilizing the H-2A program.

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