Date:January 24, 2013
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Seminar for farmers, ag businesses to be held in Baton Rouge
Several state and federal agencies partner to offer information

A seminar to assist farmers and agricultural service businesses understand labor law and farmworkers rights will take place Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The seminar, called Farmworker Employment Rights: Helping Farmers Comply with State and Federal Laws, will be held at the American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common, Baton Rouge. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with the seminar from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the seminar. Topics will include workplace safety and health, reducing certification delays and denials, work hours and pay, education of youth workers, unions, preventing discrimination and harassment, along with managing seasonal, temporary and migrant worker programs plus many other topics.

This event is designed especially for farmers, small business owners, agents, advocates, attorneys and other agricultural stakeholders. Farmers will have the opportunity to address specific concerns with representatives from several agencies present. Farmers are also encouraged to bring questions and comments for discussion. Anyone interested should pre-register as seating is limited.

The event is sponsored by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana Department of Education along with several divisions of the U.S. Department of Labor, which includes Wage and Hour, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Attendees will have the option to purchase lunch. For more information about the seminar or to pre-register, contact Merrill Hess by email, or call 225-342-7632, or 225-588-9302.

LWC services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers. To learn more, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage,

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