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Sixth Circuit Holds That Worm Farmers Exempt from Overtime Requirements of FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act exempts “employee[s] employed in agriculture” from its overtime requirement. Recently, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit applied this exemption to the operations of an employer who “moved to the United States from his native France in 1992 to grow worms,” and affirmed the district court’s decision holding that … Continue Reading

Florida Judge Holds That Oyster Shucking Not Part of “Agriculture” For The Purposes Of Migrant Workers’ Act

The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, 29 U.S.C. § 1801 et seq. (“AWPA”), provides certain protections to guest workers employed through the federal H-2B program.  This week, Judge Richard Smoak of the Northern District of Florida rejected a claim from workers employed pursuant to such program that their employment shucking oysters was covered … Continue Reading

DOL Proposes Amendments to Child Labor Regulations

Last week, the Department of Labor issued proposed amendments to the regulations governing the employment of minors in agricultural occupations, and solicited public commentary on the proposal ahead of a planned public hearing. These proposed amendments, which would not apply to children working on farms owned by their parents, are designed to strengthen the workplace safety … Continue Reading
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