Independent farm labor contractors are sometimes not as familiar with rules and regulations governing farm worker safety and economic welfare as they could be.   In Florida, there is no required training for FLCs.  They have to take a test to get their Florida State labor contractor license, but many of them took that test 20 years ago.

One way to make sure your contractors know the basics is to require them to earn the Certificate of Farm Labor Management issued by UF/IFAS as part of the Farm Labor Supervisor Training Program.  Grower management and office staff also often attend.   Attending classes and earning the Certificate does not guarantee that mistakes won’t be made, but if mistakes have been made out of ignorance, the training program should give both the grower and contractor the knowledge to address and fix the problems to avoid future violations.

To earn the Certificate of Farm Labor Management, one must take at least 8 classes and pass a test for each class.  Three classes are specifically required:  Wage & Hour; Human Resource Compliance, and one class in worker safety.   All of the classes are taught concurrently in both English and Spanish.

The following is a summary of the scheduled classes being offered during the fall of 2015 at four locations: Belle Glade, Sebring, Lake Alfred and Immokalee.  Additional dates and locations can be added so long as at least 10 people commit to attend.  If there is sufficient interest, individual classes or combinations of classes can be arranged at times and locations convenient for the participants.  A registration fee for each class will be charged.

For more information, contact Carlene Thissen, 239-658-3449, carlene@ufl.edu; Primo Garza, 239-658-3463, pgarza08@ufl.edu , or Fritz Roka, 239-658-3428, fmroka@ufl.edu  .   To register, go to http://www.imok.ufl.edu/programs/economics/fls.php

Classes Location
Belle Glade Lake Alfred Sebring Immokalee
Rules for Bus/Van Drivers
Safe Driving
Tues 11/3 Wed  10/14 Thurs  10/22 Tues  11/10
Human Resource Compliance
Management Communications
Tues 10/20 Wed 10/7 Thurs 10/8 Tues 11/17
First Aid
CPR
Tues 10/13 Wed 10/21 Thurs 10/29 Tues 11/3
Wage & Hour
Farm Labor Contractor Basics
Tues 10/27 Wed 10/28 Thurs 10/15 Tues 11/24
Agriculture Equipment Safety
Pesticide Safety
Thurs 11/5 Tues 11/24 Thurs 11/12 Thurs 11/19