The New York Times Article on Health Care for Farmworkers Ignored the Farm Labor Contracting Scam

The New York Times article about health care reform in agriculture, “Tacking Health Care Costs Onto California Farm Produce ” (Aug. 21) emphasized the views of the labor intermediaries, known as farm labor contractors, “who provide farmers with armies of field workers.“ The farm...

Unconstitutionality of New Mexico’s Farm and Ranch Laborer Exclusion: Griego v. WCA

Griego et al. v. WCA et al. ; CV 2009-10130 (New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court) In New Mexico, a state district court judge recently ruled that it is unconstitutional to exclude farm and ranch laborers from the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act (“Act”). Despite...

Larson’s on the Farm Labor Exemption in Workers’ Compensation

Sixteen states generally exclude farm or agricultural labor.[fn1] The particular conditions limiting agricultural coverage vary widely, sometimes excluding employees with less than a certain amount of earnings, sometimes exempting casual or seasonal labor, sometimes excluding family members, and so on...