The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. For information on how this will impact agricultural businesses and farm laborers, please visit www.labor.ny.gov/FarmLabor or call 833-NY-FARMS.
The Agriculture Labor Program was formed in April 2012 and is organized under the Department of Labor's Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs. It has some similarities to the former Rural Employment Services Program. The Foreign Labor Certification Unit was also transitioned to the Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs.
The 17-member work group includes 10 field staff, three field supervisors, and the Division Director, Jeanette Lazelle. All field staff and field supervisors speak English and Spanish. They are supported by a Foreign Labor Certification Specialist, a Program Liaison, and a Communications Specialist. Lazelle said, "We work in support of New York agriculture, one of the most important industries in this state."
The Agriculture Labor Program's field staff are located throughout the state. They provide job seekers and business customers access to the services available at New York State Career Centers and other services of the Department of Labor. With our dual customer focus, we endeavor to help agricultural employers and agricultural workers be successful.
The Agriculture Labor Specialist can connect a business with workers and help that business gain access to all other Department of Labor services. In addition, the Agriculture Labor Specialist can educate business owners about New York State's labor laws and regulations. In most cases, this helps business owners achieve compliance without having to leave their place of business. Services for Agricultural Employers.
The Agriculture Labor Specialist can connect a worker with a job and help that worker understand his or her rights under New York State's labor laws and regulations. The Agriculture Labor Specialist can also supply educational materials about workplace safety in agriculture, and other health and safety materials and resources. Services for Agricultural Workers.
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