Business & Financial Management Toolshed: Employment and Labor
This section of the New Farmer Project website contains links to articles, fact sheets, tools, and other resources related to employment, labor and health insurance on farms and agricultural businesses.
*NEW* Classifying Workers on Vermont Farms, by Erin Hannum and Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons. What’s the difference between an employee and an intern or volunteer under the law? What is an independent contractor? This guide helps farmer identify the kind of workers they have, and the legal implications of each.
*NEW* Hiring a Farm Employee in Vermont, by Erin Hannum and Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons. This publication and checklist guides farmers in the initial steps necessary to hire an employee. It illustrates selected, immediate paperwork responsibilities of the farmer at the time of hiring. It also identifies some of the ongoing record keeping, withholding, payment and other legal responsibilities of having employees, and where farmers can get help.
*NEW* Managing Risks of Interns and Volunteers in Vermont, by Erin Hannum and Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons. This guide explains the laws behind intern and volunteer work arrangements. It also provides insights and strategies to help farmers reduce liability risks related to interns and volunteers.
NOFA-VT Farm Labor Fact Sheet. Whether you can them an apprentice intern, farm worker or working member, anyone who labors on your farm and receives any kind of compensation (including farm products) is considered an employee. Find out more information and links to resources in this fact sheet developed by NOFA-VT.
US Department of Labor Fact Sheets. Here you'll find links covering labor regulation topics relevant to new and aspiring farmers. Last updated April 18, 2014.
UVM Farm Viability Farm Employer Overview. This 4-page sheet provides a quick overview the farm employer responsibilities regarding payroll taxes, wages and overtime, workers compensation, and health insurance. Additionally, it provides a listing agencies, including contact phone numbers, where you can obtain more detailed information relevant to your particular situation.
Vermont Health Connect Agricultural Producer Resource Packet. This 8-page publication provides information for farmers and food producers about obtaining health insurance for themselves and their families, as well as about offering it to employees.
This presentation will focus on hiring and managing employees, handling on-farm work stays, internships, and volunteer labor. Legal distinctions between interns and employees, as well as the fine line separating independent contractors from employees will be discussed. Other topics to be covered include worker's compensation, unemployment, H2A visas, wage & hours statutes, worker accommodations and workplace safety. Presented by Law for Food founder Kenneth Miller, who provides legal support specifically tailored to meet the business and legal needs of small-scale farmers and food entrepreneurs. Download the Employment and Labor Law Considerations for Farm Businesses Presentation.
- Fact Sheet # 12: Agricultural Employers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. General information about minimum wage, overtime, record-keeping and child labor standards as they apply to farm employment.
- Fact Sheet # 13: Employment Relationship Under the Fair Labor Sandards Act. Information concerning the meaning of "employment relationship" and the significance of that determination in applying provisions of the FLSA.
- Fact Sheet #26: Section H2A
- Fact Sheet # 40: Federal Youth Employment Laws in Farm Jobs. This fact sheet explains standards for employing youth in agricultural work, which are different from those for nonfarm jobs.You may also want to refer to the Agricultural Employers Pocket Guide on Youth Employment. This brochure outlines various youth employment provisions based on the age of the employee.
- Fact Sheet # 49: The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.This fact sheet describes requirements for hiring migrant and seasonal agricultural workers.
- Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This fact sheet provides general information to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to “for-profit” private sector employers.
- The US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division's Fact Sheet webpage contains links to information about employment law and regulations that apply to farm and non-farm employers.
Last modified January 06 2017 02:11 PM