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Pre-employment costs associated with H-2A agricultural workers and the effects of the ‘60-minute rule’

In: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
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Fritz M. Roka Associate Professor, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Southwest Research and Education Center, 2685 State Road 29 North, Immokalee, FL 34142, USA.

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Skyler Simnitt Graduate Student, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Food and Resource Economics Department, P.O. Box 110240, McCarty B 1109, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.

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Derek Farnsworth Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Food and Resource Economics Department, P.O. Box 110240, McCarty B 1109, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.

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Agricultural employers increasingly are turning to the foreign guest worker program, known as H-2A, as a means to secure a legal workforce. This paper outlines the procedural aspects and costs of recruiting and hiring H-2A workers. Cost data is from a 2014 survey of citrus harvesters and defines pre-employment costs as filing fees, advertising, surety bonds, travel, and housing. The pre-employment costs associated with guest workers are estimated to be nearly $ 2,000 per worker. The survey was motivated by the ‘60-minute rule’ imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor prior to the 2012-13 citrus harvesting season. Cost data were collected across two crop season, 2012-13 and 2013-14, to analyze the cost implications of the rule. We found that the 60-minute rule significantly increased filing fees. These fees, however, represent a very small share of total costs and overall pre-employment costs associated with the H-2A program did not significantly change.

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