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Category: Labor Laws for Small Firms

Labor Laws for Small Firms

Over the last several years, many small farms in California and Oregon have been fined for running apprenticeships and internships that violate federal and state minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and other labor laws. As a result of these incidents, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), California FarmLink (CFL), and other individuals and organizations across California came together to discuss options for farmers with apprenticeships, ways to increase farmer knowledge of labor laws and to encourage farmers to offer high quality apprenticeships while minimizing legal risk. During that time, several more established farms began to pilot the models illustrated in this guide. This is the first guide that describes innovative ways that California farmers have created legal apprenticeships and lays out what small farms need to know about federal and state employee laws and guidelines.
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