H-2A rule change
A final H-2A farm labor rule announced by the Department of Labor, now gives farmers predictability in farm employee wages.
The Department of Labor announced a rule change in how farm labor rate increases are determined; the final rule no longer uses a USDA Survey for workers who fall under core-farm occupations.
The Farm Bureau Allison Crittendon:
“So, we’re no longer using the survey-based wage methodology that has all those drastic swings from year-to-year of a 23 percent increase in one year, or a ten percent increase in a different region. Instead, we are moving to a two-year freeze, and then using the Employment Cost Index which isn’t as volatile to dictate the increases starting in 2023.”