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Protections for Farm Workers

Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)

The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) protects migrant and seasonal agricultural workers by establishing employment standards related to wages, housing, transportation, disclosures, and recordkeeping. The MSPA also requires farm labor contractors to register with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). For more general information on the MSPA, please see the Employment Law Guide or Fact Sheet 49.

Read more about the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at dol.gov.

Farm Labor Contractor Registration

In order to legally operate as farm labor contractors, individuals and companies must register with the U.S. Department of Labor. There are special registration requirements for farm labor contractors that intend to house, transport, or drive a migrant or seasonal agricultural worker. Application materials and instructions can be found online.

Read more about the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at dol.gov.

MSPA Registered Farm Labor Contractor Listing

This MSPA Registered Farm Labor Contractor Listing contains the name and physical address of all current certificate holders, as well as the expiration date and the certificate number generated by the Wage and Hour Division. The list also indicates if the contractor has been authorized to house workers, to use vehicles to transport workers, or to drive such vehicles.

Read more about the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at dol.gov.

MSPA Registered Farm Labor Contractor Employee Listing

The MSPA Registered Farm Labor Contractor Employee Listing contains the name of all current certificate holders and the farm labor contractor whose name appears on each employee’s certificate, as well as the start date, expiration date, and the certificate number generated by the Wage and Hour Division. The list also indicates if the farm labor contractor employee has been authorized to drive vehicles used to transport migrant or seasonal agricultural workers.

Read more about the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at dol.gov.

Transportation Protections for Farm Workers

The MSPA protects migrant and season agricultural workers by establishing employment standards related to wages, housing, transportation, disclosures and recordkeeping. 

Transportation under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act