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NCAE Comments on Proposed Changes to I-9 Process

On October 14, 2016, NCAE submitted comments to the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the proposed changes posted in August of 2016. The proposed change would significantly change how claims involving allegations of unfair immigration-related employment practices are handled. The proposed changes would lower the bar for what the DOJ would need to prove an I-9 discrimination violation by an employer including the addition of new definitions of “discriminate” which would make it more difficult for an employer to defend against an allegation of disparate treatment.

To address this, NCAE’s comments on this proposed rule included the explanation that, “if a lawful permanent resident presents a “green card” to complete the I-9 process but a U.S. citizen provides a driver’s license and Social Security card (without any prompting by the employer) and both are hired and begin work immediately, there is no intent to discriminate, no act of discrimination by the employer and no harm to either employee.” Such a situation outlined in the comments would trigger sizable civil money penalties under the proposed new rule.

NCAE will continue to work with the American Farm Bureau to oppose this unwarranted change and to the enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Registration still open for NCAE’s 2016 Ag Labor Forum!


2016 Ag Labor Forum Registration AnnouncementJoin 200 Agricultural agents, attorneys, growers, and other industry leaders for the 3rd Annual, 2016 Ag Labor Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada! The Forum will be held Wednesday November 30th and Thursday December 1st with optional/additional sessions on Friday December 2nd. Full Price for the Wednesday and Thursday of the Forum is $250 (Early bird pricing ended on September 30th). The optional Friday Session is $125.

Check out this year’s AGENDA and REGISTER NOW

If you have trouble registering through the Google Form you can always register directly with Meghan. Don’t forget to make your Hotel Reservations at the Doubletree Tropicana ($85/night).  Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event! Contact Meghan or Frank at 202-629-9320 if you are interested!

FMCSA Portal Requirement for Interstate Motor Carriers and Agricultural Drone Policy

Jake Oatess, NCAE’s Summer Intern, has been working on many things for NCAE including: formulating a database of lobbyists in the DC area that work in the Agricultural Industry, writing position papers, and representing NCAE at industry meetings. Most recently, Jake did a write-up on a new requirement for all interstate motor carriers – classified as any large truck or bus that travels between two or more states to conduct business. This new requirement includes register for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new online portal. Jake was able to find some more information and write-up guidelines. For more information, find his work here: FMCSA Portal Requirement.

Another write-up Jake recently completed focused on the pros and cons of drone use in the agricultural industry.  This exciting technology is increasingly being utilized by farmers around the United States to help aerially survey crops, receive real-time updates on crop problems like pest issues, irrigation issues, and soil variation as well as highlight the differences between thriving and distressed crops.  He also touches on many of the negatives that come with drone usage in agriculture.  You can find his work covering the subject here: Agricultural Drone Use