The 2020 Becker Forum is titled “Farm Labor: Times of Change,” and there is a lot of change to talk about. Producers from all agricultural sectors are invited to attend Becker Forum and sharpen their management skills in these times of changing labor requirements. Time is running out, register by Monday, January 6 at $95 or pay $120 to register at the door.
Register here: http://nysvga.org/expo/information/
Download the Becker Forum Flyer.
Farm employees have the right to organize into unions for the first time starting in 2020. John Wirenius, Chairperson of the NY Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), will join us to talk about the new law and it’s implications for farm employers. PERB is the state agency assigned to supervise and administer union-management relationships in the agricultural industry. In addition, we will have a panel to discuss farm management in a union environment consisting of a grower from California, an educational professional from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and a labor attorney.
Dramatic labor law changes went into effect for New York farm employers on January 1, 2020. Attorney Joshua Viau will update what producers need to know and manage for with regard to overtime, day of rest requirements, the wage board, and sexual harassment regulations. He will also address the meaning of the recent temporary restraining order affecting specific farm employees.
New York is not the only place where change is occurring, Craig Regelbrugge is in charge of public policy and government relations for AmericanHort in Washington DC. He will give us an update on the policy environment and dramatic ag immigration policy changes currently under consideration at the federal level.
Other topics will include:
- H-2A Application Process Changes
- The View from California: How Growers are Adapting to Survive Changing Labor Regulations and Labor Markets
Becker Forum is organized by the New York State Vegetable Growers Association. The event is relevant and open to producers in all agricultural sectors in New York and surrounding states.
By Richard Stup, Cornell University. Permission granted to repost, quote, and reprint with author attribution.
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