Nebraska Farmer to Pay $250K to Settle DOL H-2A Lawsuit

A family-owned farm in Nebraska has agreed to pay $250,000 in back wages to 89 temporary foreign workers it employed through the H-2A visa program, according to a recent order issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Administrative Law Judges. Daniels Produce, a Columbus grower, packer and shipper of produce, must distribute the back wages monthly over a five-year installment plan that began in January in connection with a March 31 order approving its settlement agreement with the DOL, a representative for the agency told Law360. The farm must also pay $20,000 in civil penalties and comply with additional obligations set forth in the office’s consent findings, which have not been released. Future violations of the rules will make Daniels Produce ineligible to participate in the program, according to the order. The order does not preclude investigation or enforcement actions stemming from future violations
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