Most common fineable offenses for H2-A violations
Updated: Aug 4
H-2A is a temporary agricultural worker program that allows employers in the United States to hire foreign workers to perform agricultural labor or services. Violations of the H-2A program regulations can result in fines, penalties, and other sanctions. Here are some of the most common fineable offenses for H-2A violations:
Failure to pay required wages: Employers must pay H-2A workers the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) or the prevailing wage rate, whichever is higher. Failure to pay the required wages can result in fines and other penalties.
Failure to provide adequate housing: Employers must provide H-2A workers with adequate housing that meets certain standards. Failure to provide adequate housing can result in fines and other penalties.
Failure to provide transportation: Employers must provide H-2A workers with transportation to and from their place of employment. Failure to provide transportation can result in fines and other penalties.
Failure to comply with work contract terms: Employers must comply with the terms and conditions of the work contract, including the length of employment and the wages to be paid. Failure to comply with the work contract terms can result in fines and other penalties.
Falsifying documents: Falsifying documents, such as work contracts, can result in fines and other penalties.
Failure to maintain required records: Employers must maintain certain records related to the H-2A program, such as payroll records and work contracts. Failure to maintain required records can result in fines and other penalties.
The fines and penalties for H-2A violations can vary depending on the severity of the violation and other factors. Employers who violate the H-2A program regulations may also be subject to debarment from the program, which could prevent them from hiring H-2A workers in the future.