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Federal and State Laws Applying to Agricultural Workers

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems released a new legal resource in early 2018. Federal and State Laws Applying to Agricultural Workers details the federal and state laws applicable to agricultural workers and provide valuable information for advocates, workers, and producers.

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.

This resource was made possible by funding through the USDA National Agricultural Library, in partnership with the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School.

The information presented in this white paper is current as of February 2018.