The FLPG is committed to improving labor practices on farms and thereby enhancing the farmworker’s experience. Our workstreams are always evolving and progressing. Please see below for a summary of how we are working to develop positive outcomes.
Farm Labor Contractors
Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) play a significant role in supplying an increasing amount of the labor to U.S. growers. The FLPG is focused on improving FLC performance and compliance and elevating professionalism. To learn more about one such program, click here to access the FLPG’s Guidebook: Working with Farm Labor Contractors. The FLPG is also exploring effective FLC education and certification programs.
Training and Education
Since 2014, the FLPG, working in concert with GAP Connections, has delivered labor practice training to thousands of growers each year in approximately 15 states. These labor management trainings, as part of a certification process, cover a range of labor practice issues including:
- H-2A Labor Documentation
- Due Diligence When Using an FLC
- What is an H-2ALC?
- Wage Statement
- Worker Safety Training
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Housing Best Practices
- Field Sanitation
- Avoiding Illegal Fees
- Addressing Worker Issues & Concerns
- Communication with workers
- GAP Recordkeeping
For more information, see our training video and training manual [links to these found on Resources].
Grievance Mechanisms offer workers and growers a way to raise and resolve issues. They are important tools for promoting communication and driving responsibility. The FLPG Grievance Workgroup is designing a grievance mechanism pilot program for consideration of the full membership.
Health and Safety
The FLPG is considering strategies for improving and preserving on-farm health and safety. The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light the need to strengthen and adjust systems to reflect the needs of workers, growers, and their families.