July 2020, Volume 26, Number 3
WHD’s Back Wages and CMP Assessments for MSPA were $30 million, and for H-2A Violations $51 million, between FY00 and FY19
The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is the major federal agency that protects the rights of US farm workers and H-2A guest workers. WHD enforces two agriculture-specific labor laws, the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act (MSPA) and regulations governing the H-2A program. Over the past two decades, WHD found almost $9 million in back wages owed to workers due to MSPA violations, and assessed $21 million in civil money penalties CMPs) for MSPA violations. WHD found $22 million in back wages owed to H-2A and US workers, and assessed $29 million in CMPs for H-2A violations.