Nebraska Farm Paying Nearly $69,000 in Back Wages

June 16, 2015 07:51 PM
Nebraska Farm Paying Nearly $69,000 in Back Wages

Authorities say an Ashland, Neb., grower has agreed to pay farmworkers nearly $69,000 in unpaid wages.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Monday that Heldt Produce Inc. also will pay nearly $90,000 in civil penalties for violating wage laws. The department says Heldt Produce violated provisions of the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Employment of Foreign Workers program because it did not properly pay the temporary foreign guest workers during the 2012 and 2013 harvests. The department says Heldt didn't pay workers the rates stated in their contracts, among other violations.

Josh Weir, Heldt's attorney, told the Omaha World-Herald that Heldt was victimized by an unscrupulous employee who handled the program for the company. Weir also says technical mistakes were "made in good faith in attempting to comply" with the complicated program regulations.

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Spell Check

lakevlle, IN
6/19/2015 11:05 AM

  Pay the wage and benefit's and you will get good, hard working, compident people from right here in the good ole USA! Probably in/from your own area!

Fort Myers , FL
4/7/2016 07:59 AM

  To know anything about H2A you know the job and the identical benefits are offered to American workers. The job is advertised in multiple papers and states and on every State Work Force agency office in the US. Only after no Good ole Anericans take the job can foreign visas be issued. The wage paid in Nebraska is 13.80 per hour. Don't know anything about this company but know the program which is expensive and comber some to navigate. Agriculture has lost its workforce. The Florida citrus industry is 95% harvested by H2A workers, no Americans are excepting the advertised job every year even with high unemployment. Well over 100,000 visas are issued in the US every ear once again only after no American excepts the job.

salasious b. crumb
columbus, MO
6/17/2015 07:07 PM

  What the article fails to mention is that the workers were being charged an illegal fee by a recruiter in Mexico, how does a farmer in Nebraska regulate that? Also the contract is set up by the US gov. The wage rate is non negotiable. Nebraska has the highest wage rate in the country for H2A employees. How does a wholesaler compete nationally if they have to pay their help $3 more an hour? Just another example of the government destroying small business


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