Webinar: Employment and Labor Considerations for Farm and Food Businesses

Employment and Labor Considerations for Farm and Food Businesses
March 10, 12:00 pm – 1 pm

UVM Extension New Farmer Project & Law for Food Webinar

(***also, there will be a workshop on this topic at RAFFL’s Farmers’ Gathering on March 22nd if you are looking to have specific questions answered in a workshop setting.  Register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XVTFNM7.)

During the webinar, founders of Law for Food, Kenneth Miller and Adam Prizio will provide legal support specifically tailored to meet the business and legal needs of small-scale farmers and food entrepreneurs.

This presentation will focus on hiring and managing employees, handling on-farm work stays, internships, and volunteer labor. Legal distinctions between interns and employees, as well as the fine line separating independent contractors from employees will be discussed.

Other topics to be covered include worker’s compensation, unemployment, H2A visas, wage & hours statutes, worker accommodations and workplace safety. More than a dry discussion of the law, this session will examine the real costs of hiring and training workers in the context of the financial realities of an agricultural business, with a view to understanding how business owners can manage the business, and their employees, profitably.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through.

To participate, please go to http://tinyurl.com/UVMEXT-LaborOnFarms at about 11:45 am Eastern time on March 10, 2011.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389×203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Mary Peabody know by March 5 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free  in Vt.) or mary.peabody@uvm.edu so we may assist you.
If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at http://www.elluminate.com/support/index.jsp.

UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

Jessie Schmidt
Coordinator for Community & Agriculture Programs

UVM Extension
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT  05602-9194

Phone:  802-223-2389 extension 203
or tollfree: 866-860-1382 extension 203
Fax:    802-223-6500
E-mail: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu
http://www.uvm.edu/extension

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