The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced new adverse effect wage rates (AEWRs) for each state based on the Farm Labor Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The AEWRs are the minimum hourly wage rates the DOL has determined must be offered and paid by employers to H-2A workers and workers in corresponding employment for a particular agricultural job and area so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers will not be adversely affected.

The DOL said it will publish a separate Federal Register Notice to announce the allowable charges for 2013 that employers seeking H-2A workers may charge for meals as well as the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement that a worker can claim. Until that Federal Register notice is published, the agency said that employers should continue to use the current meal charges and maximum travel subsistence at http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/meal_travel_subsistence.cfm.

The Federal Register notice announcing the new AEWRs is here.

The DOL also has published a notice establishing new prevailing wage rates for certain occupations processed under H-2A special procedures. The wage rates established by this Federal Register notice apply only to open range production of livestock, itinerant animal shearing, sheepherding and goat-herding, and custom combine operations. The notice is published here.