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Labor Laws

  • Agricutural Law Extension Program (Web site)
    This program is dedicated to provide the ag community with current information on Ag law.  It is an Extension outreach from the Department of Agricutural and Resource Economics.

  • A Guide to Agricultural Labor Laws: How Best to Comply with the Relevant Federal and Maryland State Standards (Fact Sheet)
    By William Pons, Law Fellow for the Agriculture Law Education Initiative
    This fact sheet provides a nice overview of the applicable exemptions and clarifies aspects of labor law that may be confusing.  This publication is useful for all individuals who are operating a farm or agricultural related business and hire employees.

  • Legal Responsibilities When Hiring Migrant, Seasonal, and H-2A Visa Workers (Fact Sheet)
    By Sarah Everhart, Legal Specialist for the Agriculture Law Education Initiative
    Hiring migrant, seasonal and H-2A visa workers can alleviate farm labor shortages.  However, there are specific Federal and state legal duties and responsibilities for farmers who employer these types of workers and substantial criminal and civil penalties for failing to adhere to the law. (October 2015)

  • Maryland Farm Internships and Labor Laws (Fact Sheet)
    By Sarah Everhart, Legal Specialist for the Agriculture Law Education Initiative
    Many farms across Maryland use interns to lighten the overall farm workload and help young people gain practical farming knowledge. Although interns can be a welcome addition to a farm’s workforce, farm employers need to be aware of how to properly compensate interns and the legal consequences of adding them to the payroll.

  • Understanding Agricultural Liability: Premise’s Liability (Fact Sheet 1001)
    By Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist for Agriculture Law Education
    You can take steps to limit your potential liability by understanding your legal obligation or duty to protect visitors and other third parties from foreseeable harm. You also will need to know to whom you owe the duty and what duty others may owe to you. Steps you can take to limit your liability include obtaining insurance, procuring releases, and providing warnings. You should work with a licensed attorney in your area and your insurance agent to identify the tools that will work best for you.
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