Farm Labor Contractor to Pay Back Wages, Penalties

H-2A farm labor contractor JR Custom Harvesting of Salinas, Calif., has agreed to pay $131,000 in back wages and $119,000 in penalties after litigation.

The consent findings ordering the employer to pay came after an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that JR Custom Harvesting violated the H-2A regulations by housing workers in facilities that were not approved in the job order and did not comply with safety and health requirements.

The contractor also failed to disclose meal charges in the work contract and did not provide meals or access to kitchen facilities seven days a week.

JR Custom Harvesting also failed to provide a work contract to U.S. workers engaged in corresponding employment, as required under the H-2A program. JR Custom Harvesting provides H-2A, corresponding and migrant agricultural workers primarily for large lettuce growers in the Salinas Valley.

Source: Department of Labor

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