Nonimmigrant agricultural worker proposal includes WC provisions
Included in S. 744 is a chapter on the development of the Nonimmigrant Agricultural Visa Program. It states:
- Requirement to provide -- If a job referred to in paragraph (3) is not covered by the state workers' compensation law, the employer shall provide, at no cost to the nonimmigrant agricultural worker, insurance covering injury and disease arising out of, and in the course of, such job.
- Benefits -- The insurance required to be provided under clause (i) shall provide benefits at least equal to those provided under and pursuant to state's workers' compensation law for comparable employment.
The legislation, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, was introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. It would allow nonimmigrant workers to perform services or labor in farming and all its branches, including the cultivation and tillage of the soil, dairying, the production, cultivation, growing, and harvesting of any agricultural or horticultural commodities, the raising of livestock, bees, fur-bearing animals, or poultry, and any practices (including any forestry or lumbering operations) performed by a farmer or on a farm as an incident to, or in conjunction with, such farming operations, including preparation for market, delivery to storage or to market or to carriers for transportation to market.
By Nancy Grover
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July 29, 2013
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