Federal and State Laws Applying to Agricultural Workers
This white paper provides an overview of federal and Vermont State laws establishing housing and employment protections for agricultural workers—including dairy workers—on non-exempt farms. This paper first outlines the basic federal requirements for agricultural housing and employment in the Fair Labor Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and Occupational Safety and Health Act, and highlights the exemptions provided for family farms and small farms. It next describes Vermont laws related to housing health and safety, landlord-tenant relationships, compensation, and minimum wage requirements, among other topics.
The information presented in this white paper is current as of February 2018.