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Florida Farmworker Reform Measure Provides Protection Against Exploitation and Pesticide Exposure

By Stephanie L. Adler-Paindiris
  • July 22, 2004

Under strengthened protections that became effective on July 1, 2004, farm workers have enhanced protection against physical abuse, economic exploitation and exposure to workplace pesticides. The measure also provides enhanced state oversight of farm labor contractors. 

The legislation stiffens penalties for offenses against farmworkers; labor contractors would be subject to a third-degree felony for offenses that result in economic or physical harm to farmworkers. In addition, they risk permanent loss of their business licenses and steep administrative fines for repeated or egregious violations of the law. The new law also requires agricultural employers to provide information upon request to workers or their designated representatives about pesticides to which they may be exposed. Employers are specifically prohibited from retaliating against employees for making such requests.

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