MIAMI, FL (STL.News) After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), H-2A Complete II Inc. – an H-2A staffing company providing workers in the Indian River and Highlands County areas of Florida and operating as H-2A Complete – has paid $47,154 in wages to 66 employees for violating requirements of the H-2A visa program.
WHD investigators determined the Southaven, Mississippi-based employer provided only dinner to workers, forcing them to buy their own breakfast and lunch, which caused their out-of-pocket expenses to exceed the amount stated on the job order that the staffing company used to secure the workers. The H-2A program requires employers to provide at least three meals per day at no more than the Department’s specified cost to employees.
“Agricultural employers that bring in temporary guest workers on H-2A visas must comply with all the provisions of the program, including all transportation, wage and housing requirements,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Tony Pham, in Miami, Florida. “When employers fail to obey the law, like they did in this case, their violations affect the welfare of their employees and create an unfair advantage over their competitors. We offer a wealth of compliance information readily available to help employers and farm labor contractors understand their obligations under the law.”