Feds slap $139K fine on NC employers for exploiting farmworkers
The U.S. Department of Labor has levied significant penalties on a Mt. Olive agribusiness and a Smithfield-based labor contractor for unlawfully exploiting farmworkers. According to a news release distributed Thursday, DOL assessed $139,039 in penalties and recouped $97,100 in back wages. This is from the release: Carol Brooke, a senior attorney at the North Carolina […]
North Carolina has a plan to get COVID-19 vaccines to migrant farmworkers. Its success will be crucial to protecting workers’ health.
This month, thousands of migrant workers will begin the hard work of planting, tending and harvesting crops in North Carolina farm fields. The state Department of Health and Human Services, farmworker health groups, employers, and medical clinics plan to make COVID-19 vaccines available to workers whose close living conditions make for the easy spread of the coronavirus.