ETA and State Efforts to Educate Farmworkers and Ag Employers

ETA and State Efforts to Educate Farmworkers and Ag Employers

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How can the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) educate farmworkers and agricultural employers on what constitutes labor trafficking? How can ETA and SWAs educate farmworkers about their labor rights and the resources available to them?

Background Information

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers the Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, through which State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) provide employment and training services to job seekers, including farmworkers. Each SWA conducts outreach to farmworkers at their working, living, and gathering areas to provide them with information on workforce services and protections. Outreach also involves observing the working and living conditions of farmworkers and assisting them with apparent violations of employment-related laws and complaints (this includes identifying and referring cases involving labor trafficking). Additionally, outreach staff reach out to agricultural employers to educate them about workforce services. Each SWA also has a State Monitor Advocate who acts as a liaison with organizations serving farmworkers, employers, and employer organizations in the state to receive complaints, assists in referrals of alleged violations to enforcement agencies, and receives input on improving coordination of services to farmworkers.

ETA is participating in this online dialogue to gather input and ideas from the public and other stakeholders, including subject matter experts, to help develop outreach strategies, including new resources and materials targeted to agricultural employers, farmworkers, and their advocates.