Cooperative Extension has requested our help with one or two brief surveys relating to youth working in agriculture. These are our allies, they understand that youth working on farms provides important and valuable work experiences and is integral to family farming. Please read the letter below and if you are willing, fill out the appropriate survey. Please take a minute to do this now if you are willing, our Extension allies need to receive some data quickly. If you know of others who would qualify, please forward the survey information!
Two Safety Surveys relating to Youth Working in Ag
In light of Recent Executive Orders on Immigration…
Thank you to Chris Schulte (CJ Lake LLC) for preparing a few documents for NCAE Members to use as resources in case of ICE/DOL Raids/Audits this Spring.
- The first was an adaptation of NCAE Member Western Grower’s Resource for Employer Preparedness for when a Government Agency comes to your business. Thank you to Jason Resnick for graciously providing the idea and initial template. You can customize this document for your own use and hopefully you can use among all agencies: 2017 What-to-Do-During-an-Audit-or-Raid-Instructions
- The second paper Chris presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting. It’s focus is specifically for preparation and practical compliance advice for Immigration-Related Workplace Enforcement Chris Schulte – Update on Current Immigration-Related Enforcement
There are reports from all over the country, agriculture and urban/suburban employers, that immigrant workers are very concerned, preoccupied, and vocal about concerns for their family members who are either not yet here, or whose documentation may be lacking since the recent Executive Orders (EOs) and prospects for enhanced enforcement actions. A couple of tips for employers, we know you want to help:
- Offer empathy but do not pry. If you come to know, or should have known, that they are concerned over their own status, you will have to take action. If you come to know an employee is not legally work authorized, you will be forced to let them go.
- Remember that you are not an attorney (or at least most of us reading this are not) if someone needs legal advice— they need it from someone trained and qualified.
- Offer resources: in many communities there are well known groups who have the resources and skills to help people in these situations. We cannot tell you who that might be in your community but they are often housed at interfaith councils, Catholic Charities, even the ACLU. It is worth a few phone calls ahead of time to know who these groups are in your community.
- Thanks to NCAE Member and attorney Jamila Ahmed-Marga of Youngblood Associates, LLC in Vienna, Virginia for sharing the linked documents in English and Spanish from the National Immigration Law Center for you to have available:
Know your rights – in Spanish
Know your rights – in English
ICE Raids Preparedness – in Spanish
ICE Raids Preparedness – in English
- These links can also be found on NCAE’s Worker Eligibility Page
2017 CJ Lake Memo on recent Executive Orders
Thank you to CJ Lake LLC for putting together this Memo for summaries of the recent Executive Orders and general guidance. As they write, employers are always well served by:
- Establishing careful and consistent practices for preparing Forms I-9 for new hires
- Training your HR Staff on the requirements for the I-9 process
- Using most current Forms
- Preserving your documents
- Conducting self-audits of those records
In the event of audits or raids, having proper documents and knowing one’s rights and duties offer the best protection for the agricultural employer.
We will continue to track the changes that may affect Ag Employers in the future.