KENNEWICK, Wash.- The U.S. Department of Labor is holding a series of presentations in Washington this week to keep farm owners up to speed on the latest labor laws.
These presentations are open to the public but are specifically meant for farm owners who employ workers. The first of the three meetings was held today at WorkSource in Kennewick.
Representatives from the U.S. Wage and Hour Division spoke about the federal minimum wage. They answered questions from farm owners about how to treat their employees equally, whether they're migrant or non-migrant workers. The people at WorkSource say these meetings provide the opportunity for some face-to-face communication between the agriculture industry and the government.
"Agencies, whether they're state or federal, should be talking to each other and should be trying to provide whatever services either the worker needs or the employer needs," said Ignacio Marquez. "So this is one way of showing that we are going to start working together to better assist you."
The representatives from the Department of Labor will travel to other WorkSource locations around the state over the next two days to speak with more agriculture business owners about fair employment laws.