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Event will provide farmers tips to fend off ag labor pitfalls

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour division has been increasing investigations in the Southeast in recent years and enacting some of the highest fines allowable. The labor industry in Georgia will soon be the focus of many of these investigations.

The 2018 Ag Labor Forum, Nov. 13 & 14 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, features presentations from labor experts about how the current political climate may impact the agricultural workforce and steps farmers can take to make sure they are not the focus of any U.S. DOL investigation. The event is sponsored in part by Georgia Farm Bureau.

For farmers using domestic or H-2A labor, may be interested in "Why Do I Still Care About MSPA?" (Migrant & Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act) with Ann Margaret Pointer and Joshua Viau of the law firm Fisher Phillips. Employers will not want to miss “Preparing for a DOL Wage and Hour Audit” with Mike Rios, Enforcement Coordinator with the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

For farmers considering using H-2A workers or wanting to make sure all bases are covered, Dan Bremer with AgWorks will lead a discussion on “H-2A Basics.”

Lobbyist Bob Redding of The Redding Firm will provide analysis of  “How the Current Political Climate May Impact Ag Labor and Your Workforce.”

The Ag Labor Forum also includes sessions on agricultural transportation, labor crews and local law enforcement, Worker Protection Standard and the Office of Foreign Labor Certification.

Registration is $175 per person and includes lunch on Nov. 13. For more information visit