Fish Farm Pays $31K in Back Wages Over H-2A Violations

The farm failed to reimburse H-2A workers for expenses incurred while traveling to their employer's location from their home countries.

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SCHLATER, MS â€” After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Tackett Fish Farms LLC – based in Schlater, MS – has paid $30,963 in back wages to 38 employees for violating the labor provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act’s H-2A visa program.

WHD determined that the fish farm failed to reimburse H-2A workers for expenses they incurred while traveling to the employer’s location from their home countries, as required by law. WHD also found the employer failed to include some required information on employees’ earning statements.

“Agricultural employers that bring in temporary guest workers on H-2A visas must comply with all the program’s requirements,” said Wage and Hour Division Regional Administrator Juan Coria, in Atlanta, Georgia. “Our work continues to safeguard American jobs and hold employers that violate the law accountable. We offer a wealth of compliance information readily available to assist employers and farm labor contractors in understanding their obligations under the law.”

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