2015 West Michigan Ag Labor Meeting

Date: February 26, 2015
Time: 8:30 - 3 p.m.
Location: Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460
Contact: 616-994-4542, dudek@msu.edu

 Program Description 

Understanding and complying with Farm Labor Laws has become increasingly more difficult due to the changes in the laws and the numbers of issues facing farm employers. The 2015 West Michigan Ag Labor meeting will assist you, the Ag employer, in understanding issues impacting you and your employees. It also is an update on labor regulations that impact farms. This program was planned with input from area growers representing all types of farms in the West Michigan area.
 
Workshop Agenda
 
8:30 a.m.          Registration and Visit Agencies Display Tables
 
9:00 a.m.          Do Your Accounting Records Meet U.S. Department of Labor Rules?  
Could your farm pass a DOL audit?  
Does your accounting software give you the correct records?  
Payroll stubs adequate for piece rate?  
What does your accounting system need to include?  
Mary O’Rourke, U.S. Department of Labor
 
9:15 a.m.          Tips from an Ag Labor Attorney on Having the Proper Accounting Records 
Kim Clarke, Varnum LLC
 
10:15 a.m.        Using Farm Labor Contractors to Provide Your Workers  
What are the correct steps for farmers to follow when working with a farm labor contractor? A checklist of legal pitfalls to avoid.  
Tom Thornburg, Farm Worker Legal Services
 
11:15 a.m.        What are the new housing upgrades that Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are focusing on?  
                        What farmers need to know if you are hiring H2-A workers.  
                        Robert Bausick, MDARD
 
12:00 p.m.        Lunch
 
1:00 p.m.          Update from US Homeland Security Investigations  
The IMAGE and E-Verify process.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process.  
      Worksite Enforcements in West Michigan.  
      Cory Howe, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
1:45 p.m.          Results of the 2014 Pilot H-2A Programs in Michigan  
                        What was learned during the 2014 growing season…thoughts for 2015.  
                        Sarah Pion, Michigan Farm Bureau  
                        Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension
 
2:15 p.m.          Smaller Employer Plans Under the Affordable Care Act  
                        What smaller employers need to consider when looking at health insurance plans for their workers.  
Dr. Adam Kantrovich, MSU Extension
 
3:00 p.m.          Adjourn
 
 
Registration Fee:  $45.00 (includes, lunch, refreshments and materials)

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