mulberry shoulder bags allowed to hire foreign workers
But few employers actually lose those rights. Some Idaho agriculture businesses with a history of problems have continued to get approval to import workers from other countries through the H 2 program’s two visa types, H 2A and H 2B. Many businesses also received farm subsidies, which are not contingent upon an employer’s willingness to follow labor laws, wage laws or safety laws.
To report this story,
the Idaho Statesman cross referenced and searched records from state and federal agencies to pinpoint businesses and owners who were caught breaking rules and who subsequently were given subsidies or approval to hire foreign workers.
Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration included records of safety violations, worker deaths and worker injuries such as amputations that were severe enough to require hospitalization. Injury data were self reported by employers and only covered a recent two year period.
Records from the Idaho Department of Labor revealed complaints from Idaho agriculture employees about poor working conditions, such as lack of drinking water or toilets on farms, or unpaid wages. Some of those complaints led to federal investigations.