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Temp farmworkers get more protections under new rule

Against retaliation and other abuses

BY OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press
Posted 5/3/24

Temporary farmworkers will have more legal protections against employer retaliation, unsafe working conditions, illegal recruitment practices and other abuses under a Labor Department rule announced last week.

Each year about 300,000 immigrants, mostly from Mexico, take seasonal jobs on U.S. farms. The new rule, which takes effect June 28, will target abuses experienced by workers under the H-2A program that undermine fair labor standards for all farmworkers.

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