H-2A Updates: Wages, Nursery Seasonality

Craig Regelbrugge December 04 2019

Each year, in December, the Department of Labor (DOL) publishes the new “adverse effect wage rates” (AEWR) which are typically the wages required to be paid to H-2A agricultural visa workers, as well as any U.S. workers considered to be in “corresponding employment.” The AEWRs are derived from the USDA Farm Labor Survey and typically take effect in January, two weeks after the DOL announces them.

On November 21, the last two-quarters of Farm Labor Survey data were published, allowing us to know with accuracy what the new AEWRs will be. Our consulting eco...

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