Farm Suspended From H-2A Program Over Late Fine Payment

By Alyssa Aquino (August 16, 2022, 4:28 PM EDT) — A U.S. Department of Labor judge cut a Kansas farm off from agricultural guest workers for one year, saying the rancher violated the visa program’s regulations by waiting an “unreasonable” amount of time to pay an approximately $1,300 fine.

Administrative Law Judge Angela Donaldson agreed with a DOL official’s assessment that Wickstrum Cattle LLC should be temporarily debarred from the H-2A visa program after waiting more than 20 months to pay a prior penalty. Judge Donaldson had fined the rancher in December 2019 for omitting in a federal form that it deducted certain transportation costs from foreign workers’ salaries, and though…