Agriculture is one of the leading industries in New York State. It employs 40,000 to 80,000 farm workers every year (including domestic, guest worker, year-round, migrant and seasonal farm workers). Farm workers, including immigrant farm workers, cultivate and harvest a full range of agricultural products, including fruits, vegetables, greenhouse plants, trees, and much more. New York State farm workers are also processing our fruits and vegetables and are working on dairy farms across the state.
The New York State Monitor Advocate monitors the DOL's employment services to Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers (MSFW) to ensure compliance with U.S. Department of Labor regulations.
In New York state, employment services are provided through the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions (DEWS) and the Agriculture Labor Program (AgLP) within the Department of Labor (DOL). Some of the responsibilities of the State Monitor Advocate are as follows:
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