The Virginia Employment Commission’s Agricultural Labor Program is organized under the VEC’s Workforce Services Division and also includes the Foreign Labor Certification Program.
The VEC provides three major ways for Ag Employers to recruit workers. As with in business in the Commonwealth, the VEC can place a local job order in our Virginia Workforce Connection system to recruit applicants in the surrounding area.
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Foreign Labor Cert.
Employers requesting labor certification for the temporary or permanent employment of foreign workers are required to offer prevailing wages and working conditions for that particular occupation and to demonstrate that no similarly employed U.S. worker will be adversely affected. Employers are also required to place a job order into Virginia Workforce Connection to test the labor market for U.S. workers.
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U.S. and VA Labor Laws
Federal and State labor laws as they apply to Agricultural Enterprises are sometimes different from how the same law applies to other businesses. There are also some exemptions contained in these laws that that only apply to Agriculture operations. On this page you will find links to the major U.S. labor laws and how they apply to Agriculture.
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