Farmers who employ seasonal agricultural workers technically have until Monday to file the first of the new quarterly reports required by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to Larry Bond, Utah State University Extension farm management specialist.
He said the forms have been distributed to county USU Extension offices and to Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service offices, where farmers can get them and get help filling them out.Bond said the Department of Labor's lateness in printing and distributing the forms will make it difficult for farmers to complete and file them by Monday.
However, he added, all employers of seasonal agricultural workers are encouraged to file the October-December Work-day Report as soon as possible.
The reporting requirement results from a 1986 amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. The act was amended to help control immigration into the United States. Bond said the reports will help the federal government keep track of seasonal farm workers and determine the need for admitting replenishment agricultural workers.
He said agricultural employers must file reports on workers who work in seasonal agricultural services planting, cultivating or harvesting fruits, vegetables or other perishable commodities and workers who have been granted legal resident status under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
In addition to the Work-day Report, Bond said, employers must create and maintain for each "reportable worker" records that contain the worker's name, INS Alien Registration Number, Social Security account number, local address, permanent address (if different), crops worked, tasks performed and hours worked each day.
Bond said these records will help employers of seasonal agricultural workers fill out future quarterly reports. In 1989, those reports will be due April 17 for the first quarter, July 17 for the second and Oct. 16 for the third.