AG Labor Forum Offering Webinar Series

The 46th Annual Agricultural Labor Relations Forum will be presented in a series of webinars over four mornings: Sept. 14, 15, 21 and  22.  The forum is once again open to all interested parties in agriculture.  The registration fee, which includes all seven (7) sessions, is $50 per person (by check) and $55 per person (by credit card). 

 Registrants will be emailed a unique webinar link to be used for the sessions.  A schedule is attached.  In addition, seminar binders will be mailed approximately one week prior to the first webinar to those that register.  Our lineup of industry experts in labor relations issues will bring you the latest information about important topics including the H-2A program, audits, the I-9 process, and more.  New this year will be two sessions on COVID-19: essential protections and legal issues.

 To register online, go to www.ffva.com/events and click on the Annual Labor Relations Forum.  Sign in using your email.  FFVA Members - If you do not remember your password, click “I don’t know my password.”  If you do not have an FFVA account, email [email protected] to register.  To register by mail, use this form.

Voluntary Qualified Importer Program 

If you’re considering applying for the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (a FDA program designed to expedite the entry of imports into the USA), you should be aware that the new FDA fee for participating importers is $17,000 in 2021.

Participating importers will be able to import their products to the U.S. with greater speed and predictability, avoiding unexpected delays at the point of import entry. Consumers will also benefit from the importer’s robust management of the safety and security of their supply chains. 
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 NCAE Petition

Our friends at the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) have submitted a petition to the Secretary of the Department of Labor, Eugene Scalia. 

The intention of the petition is to ‘Amend the Regulatory Methodology for Determining Adverse Effect in the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Program’. NCAE has approximately 300 members nationwide and represents the majority of employers participating in the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. Read more..

Department of Homeland Security News

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  It also removes certain fee exemptions, changes fee waiver requirements, alters premium processing time limits, and modifies inter-country adoption processing.

The final rule for I-129 filings was published Monday, August 3rd. Current fees for I-129 filings are $460.  The final rule sets the fee for new unnamed beneficiary petitions at $415, and new named beneficiary petitions at $860.  Read more...

An Employee has COVID-19, Now What?

Though many experts thought the summer months would bring reprieve, COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in the United States and, as a result, more employers are dealing with employees testing positive for the coronavirus.

According to Fisher Phillips, updated guidance has provided some additional considerations employers should keep in mind as they address a positive coronavirus case. Here is a quick seven-step guide to addressing a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace. Read more...