Program teaches farm labor contractors how to avoid problems

12/28/2011 10:51:00 AM
By Fritz Roka, Cesar Asuaje and Carlene Thissen

Designed to address the most common violations cited by labor compliance investigators, the voluntary University of Florida Farm Labor Supervisor Core Training program expands training opportunities for farm personnel who directly manage and supervise seasonal and migrant farm workers.

The program’s content targets payment of at least minimum wage, correct accounting for hours worked during a pay period; proper record keeping; field safety; and maintaining regulatory standards for field sanitation, vehicle safety, and farm worker housing.

The two-day core program was offered during fall 2011 in Wimauma, Arcadia, Immokalee and Belle Glade.

The goals of this program were to develop and implement an educational curriculum that provides an integrated picture of regulatory responsibilities related to farm labor.

The underlying rationale is that enhanced knowledge about farm labor laws and regulations will improve the professionalism of labor contractors and supervisors, reduce the number of field violations, and improve overall working conditions of farm workers.

For more information about the training program, contact Fritz Roka or Carlene Thissen at (239) 658-3400.

Fritz Roka is an agricultural economist at the UF/IFAS Southwest Research and Education Center in Immokalee. Cesar Asuaje is farm safety specialist, UF/IFAS, West Palm Beach. Carlen Thissen is project coordinator-farm labor contractor training, SWFREC in Immokalee.

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