Upcoming Training

Washington Growers League offers in-depth training on the issues affecting agricultural employers.


Employment Practices Seminar

Free to all members of the Washington Growers League, this four-hour seminar covers a breadth of management and labor issues. Compliance aids and handouts will be provided, plus plenty of time for Q&A. Please note: These classes are offered in English. 

Topics include:

  • MSPA Worker Information Notices and contracts
  • Employee handbooks and policy statements
  • Personnel files 
  • Hiring
  • Terminations and layoffs
  • Discipline and coaching
  • Warnings and suspensions
  • Documentation
  • Dealing with problem employees
  • Rest breaks, meal breaks and timekeeping
  • USDOL enforcement of Wage and Hour regulations, Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act, child labor, and "hot goods"

Dates, times and locations:

February 14, 2017 in Pasco
1-5 p.m. at the Pasco Red Lion
2525 N 20th Avenue, Pasco WA

February 17, 2017 in Yakima
1-5 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th Street, Yakima WA

February 21, 2017 in Wenatchee
1-5 p.m. at the Confluence Technology Center
285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee WA

March 22, 2017 in Bellingham
1-5 p.m. at the Oxford Suites Bellingham
4051 Meridian Street, Bellingham WA


Cost: 
FREE for WGL members
$75 per person for non-members


Click here to register

OR Click here to download a mail-in registration form



WGL-MasLabor H-2A Forum

Tuesday, February 28, 2017  

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Yakima
(401 E Yakima Avenue, Yakima WA)

$25 per person  (Lunch included)

Limited to 50 attendees

If you are one of the hundreds of agricultural employers in Washington state thinking about the H-2A program as an option, or if you have started using H-2A but need to learn more, this in-depth seminar is for you.

Washington Growers League began providing H-2A services in 1999. We know H-2A.  In 2013 we affiliated with MasLabor so that our members would have access to the most experienced and biggest provider of H-2A and H-2B services in the U.S.

Join us to get answers for all of your questions about the H-2A program! 

The H-2A application process: Making job orders and H-2A certification applications count. Who can apply? The different types of H-2A applications.

The agent's role: Levels of service...independent to turnkey. How much does the employer have to do?

The employer's responsibilities: How H-2A affects the practical management of your farm.

The state government's role: Washington State Foreign Labor Certification Branch.

The federal government's role: Job order approval, visas and audits.

Foreign recruitment: Where do workers come from? Who are they? How are they communicated with? Can you request workers that you know?

The trip here and back: Transportation, consular interviews and border crossings.

Fees, costs and benefits: How much does H-2A cost?

Housing for H-2A: How and when to obtain housing and have it ready.

HR matters: Payroll, I-9s, Social Security cards, taxes and health insurance.

Legal ramifications of H-2A for the agricultural employer: What you need to know about handling domestic referrals, employing local workers and complying with farm labor contractor law.


Speakers:

Kerry Scott, MasLabor (H-2A agent)

Craig Carroll, Director of Agriculture Services, Washington State Department of Employment Security

Brendan Monahan, Attorney, Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore and Shore

Mike Gempler, Executive Director, Washington Growers League

Panel of current H-2A users


Click here to register online

OR Click here to download a mail-in registration form



Tractor Skills and Safety Training 
for Equipment Operators

WGL worked with industry experts and the Department of Labor and Industries to develop this comprehensive training curriculum. 

This hands-on training includes:

  • Basic tractor safety practices
  • Pre-operation equipment checks
  • How to avoid a rollover
  • ROPS
  • Hydraulic system basics
  • PTO basics
  • Hitching and towing
  • What to do in an emergency

Date:
January 25 (Spanish) CLASS IS FULL
January 31 (English) CLASS CANCELLED
February 15 (Spanish) CLASS IS FULL
February 16 (Spanish) CLASS IS FULL

Time:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Location:
Northwest Communities Education Center/Radio KDNA
121 Sunnyside Avenue, Granger WA

Cost: 
$149 per person for WGL members
$199 per person for non-members

Class size limit:
15 people

Registration is currently closed

To discuss an on-site tractor safety training class 
at your location, contact Mike Gempler 
in the WGL office at 509-575-6315


If you would like to make a request for a training topic or discuss your specific training needs, please call the WGL office at 509-575-6315.

 


Job Safety Basics for Agricultural Workers

Updated December 2016



Click here to watch or
download WGL's video in
English, Spanish,
Mixteco Alto or
Mixteco Bajo


First DVD is free.
Additional copies are $10 plus tax and shipping



Check out our farmworker housing resources


Sage Bluff Seasonal Housing
in Malaga, WA



Brender Creek
Seasonal Housing

in Cashmere, WA



Rent-A-Tent Housing
for cherry harvest


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