ForensisGroup farm labor contracting expert witnesses work in the business of hiring labor to perform agricultural activities. This includes:
- Growing, producing, or harvesting farm or nursery products;
- Forestation or reforestation of lands, including planting, transplanting, tubing, pre-commercial thinning and thinning of trees and seedlings, the cleaning, piling, and disposal of brush and slash;
- The harvesting of Christmas trees
This area of employment is highly regulated. Litigation arises when an employer hires a farm labor contractor but fails to satisfy all its legal obligations. Claims are often for unpaid wages, damages, and workers’ compensation premiums. States have laws that make anyone who hires a contractor of any kind potentially liable for workers’ compensation premiums if the contractor does not pay. There are also licensing requirements, and if an employer knowingly hires an unlicensed farm labor contractor, it may also be liable for any civil and criminal penalties if they do not pay the workers.
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