2013 New H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) and New Prevailing Wage Rates for Certain Occupations Processed Under H-2A Special Procedures

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The Department of Labor has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing new Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for each state based on the Farm Labor Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The AEWRs are the minimum hourly wage rates the Department has determined must be offered and paid by employers to H-2A workers and workers in corresponding employment for a particular agricultural job and area so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers will not be adversely affected.  To read the Federal Register notice please click here.

Important Note: The Department will publish a separate Federal Register Notice to announce the allowable charges for 2013 that employers seeking H-2A workers may charge for meals as well as the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement that a worker can claim.  Until that Federal Register Notice is published, employers should continue to use the current meal charges and maximum travel subsistence which may be accessed here. - DOL, Jan. 8, 2013.

The Department has also published a notice in the Federal Register establishing new prevailing wage rates for certain occupations processed under H-2A special procedures.  The wage rates established by this Federal Register notice apply only to the following activities: open range production of livestock, itinerant animal shearing, sheepherding and goatherding, and custom combine operations. To read the Federal Register notice please click here. - DOL, Jan. 8, 2013.