Dairy Farm, Staffing Firm Debarred from Visa Program

November 13, 2015 07:04 AM

A federal administrative law judge has upheld the findings of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that debarred a Volga, S.D. dairy farmer and an Aberdeen-based employment agency from a program that allows employers to hire temporary foreign labor for agricultural work.

The Labor Department says Employment USA LLC, its operations manager, Kevin Opp, and Old Tree Farms LLC have been debarred for three years from the H-2A temporary worker visa program for falsifying documents to employ temporary foreign agricultural workers on a year-round basis.

Wage and Hour Division administrator David Weil says the violations denied U.S. workers access to jobs and wages they deserved and gave the employment agency and the dairy operation an unfair advantage over competitors.

Messages left with the employment firm and farm were not immediately returned.

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