2016 West Michigan Ag Employers Meeting

Date: February 25, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: English Hills Country Club,1200 Four Mile Road NW, Walker, MI 49544
Contact: Amy Irish-Brown, 616-632-7891, irisha@anr.msu.edu

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 2016 West Michigan Ag Employers 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.

Using the MSU Extension Ag Labor Checklist When Hiring Workers

Learn how to use the newly revised “checklist” tool to assist employers in following the proper steps when hiring and employing workers for your farm.
Dr. Adam Kantrovich, MSU Extension

9:45 a.m.

Potential Sources of Labor for Farmers…. Are These in Your Future?

Finding workers has become more difficult in the past couple of seasons. Learn about some techniques to find sources of potential employees for your operation.
Thomas A. Dudek, MSU Extension

10:00 a.m.

What You Need to Consider if the H2-A Program is in Your Plans for Labor Including Tax Ramifications for the Employee and the Employer

H2-A workers are becoming more prevalent on some Michigan farms. A basic overview of H2-A program, items you need to consider and tax issues if you use this system as a source of labor in the future.
Amy Irish-Brown and Dr. Adam Kantrovich, MSU Extension

10:15 a.m.

MIOSHA Injury Reporting Process Changes

* Effective Sept. 1, 2015, MIOSHA implemented new work-related injury reporting requirements in response to Federal OSHA injury reporting requirement changes.

* New injury conditions must be reported within eight hours to the new Injury Reporting Hotline (800#).

* A few family farm injury reporting scenarios will be discussed.
Deb Chester, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Michigan State University

10:30 a.m.

Break and Visit Display Tables

10:45 a.m.

Worker Protection Standards Changes for 2016

The EPA has approved changes to the WPS rules, hear how they will impact your farm and employees.  An overall review on WPS will be presented as well.
Jennifer Reay, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

11:15 a.m.

Changes in Migrant Housing Rules for the 2016 Season

Receive an update on what rule changes are now in place for agriculture labor housing and what you need to know to maintain your labor camp license.
Robert Bausick, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

11:45 a.m.


1:00 p.m.

Affordable Care Act Update

Where we are now, a summary of the employer mandate and the tax reporting requirement as it relates to the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Adam Kantrovich, MSU Extension

1:30 p.m.

Keys to Successfully Motivating Employees

Learn principles of employee motivation, using them to get the best out of your employees, and how incentives can enhance motivation.
Dr. Cory Risch, Department of Agricultural Food and Resource Economics, MSU

2:15 p.m.



Registration Fee:  $45.00 (includes, lunch, refreshments and materials)


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