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Chapter 1. Roles and Responsibilities of an Agricultural Employer

Chapter 2. Organizational Planning
    
Page 31 - Its essence is answering questions about results from the business operation (see third and fourth columns of Chapter 1, Fig. 1.1, “Personnel Management in Context”)
     Page 32 - An expanded version is online at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 42- The entirety of Simple Solutions: Ergonomics for Farm Workers (NIOSH, 2001), and a summary list of specific ergonomic tips adapted from it, are available through AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 44 - The last one normally triggers a hiring process (see Chapter 3)
     Page 44 - . . . examining one’s own abilities and dispositions relevant to managerial work. Several are available at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 54 - Farmer’s Tax Guide, available online and accessible from AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 54 - Among the online sources of information on the MSAWPA is the U.S. Department of Labor page, also available through AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 54 - Information about federal anti-discrimination laws can be obtained through AgHelpWanted.org, including:
     Page 55 - . . . voluntary coverage of agricultural workers. Specifics are outlined on the U.S. Department of Labor website, linked from AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 56 - References and discussion about the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides are available at the WPS forum site, linked to AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 56 - . . . importance of good hygiene practices and sanitation facilities. Information is available through AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 56 - . . . allegations of sexual harassment. Brochures to help in both English and Spanish are online through AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 56 - A page of links to helpful federal agency sites is at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 57 - Handbook No. 719, by Jack Runyan, USDA Economic Research Service, available in hard copy or online at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 57 - Compliance assistance and copious reference material from OSHA is available through AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 58 - Farm Labor Contractor Safety and Health Guide is an outstanding, free resource . . .
     Page 58 - Available in both English and Spanish, . . .
     Page 58 - . . . .downloadable along with other publications through the AgHelpWanted.org
     Page 58 - . . . rest and meal periods, paydays, right-to-work, and more, see AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 58 - The lists on the following pages (of federal agency sources and . . .
     Page 58 - . . . western state agencies that administer employment laws and programs) and . . .
     Page 58 - . . . links to an abundance of required workplace notices and posters are also available online at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 59-60 - Selected Federal Agency Sources
     Page 61 - Information Sources on Employment Law in the Western States
     Page 65 - One example of a fairly extensive written agreement is online at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 65 - A summary of federal requirements for retention of various documents can be found at AgHelpWanted.org.
          - - - Record Retention Requirements Summary Guide
          - - - Federal Record Retention Requirements for Employers

Chapter 3. Staffing the Farm Business
    
Page 77 - More information on the ADA is at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 80 - Examples of agricultural job descriptions that are online at AgHelpWanted.org
     Page 86 - Detailed information and forms related to the H-2A program are available from DOL and . . .
     Page 86 - . . . updates on proposed rule changes from the USDA Labor Affairs Coordinator, both available at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 90 - For detailed information, see agency links at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 90 - . . . credit worthiness, or social affiliations. Online guides are accessible from AgHelpWanted.org.
         - Pre-Employment Inquiries
         - Pre-Employment Discrimination Pitfalls
         - Pre-Employment Inquiry Guide
         - Pre-Employment Questioning
         - Illegal Questions
     Page 90 - Instructions and the Form I-9 for doing so are online at AgHelpWanted.org.
        
***New information on Social Security "no-match" letters (added Sep. 2007)
     Page 90 - to prove their work authorization in completing the I-9 are at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 90 - Prohibitions for minors in agriculture under federal law are specified at AgHelpWanted.org
     Page 93 - Links to examples are at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 94 - An extensive list of references on personnel testing and assessment is at AgHelpWanted.org.

Chapter 4. Supervising Agricultural Work
    
Page 113 - A Spanish version of the description is available at AgHelpWanted.org.

Chapter 5. Managing Employee Performance
    
Page 163 - See AgHelpWanted.org for links to public sources of data for evaluating external equity.
     page 170 - higher of the federal minimum wage or any minimum specified by state or local law, see AgHelpWanted.org for more details.
     Page 171 - See Chapter 2 and AgHelpWanted.org for links to online references.
         - Federal Employment Tax Forms (Publication 393)
         - Farmer’s Tax Guide (Publication 225)
         - Circular A: Agricultural Employer’s Tax Guide (Publication 51)
         - Circular E: Employer’s Tax Guide (Publication 15)
         - Links to corresponding state publications are at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 173 - . . . rights of both employers and employees are available at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 174 - Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Links to rule summaries are at AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 189 - Sample performance appraisal instruments, such as the following, are available at AgHelpWanted.org.

Chapter 6. Communication and Problem Solving
    
Page 194 - See AgHelpWanted.org for a listing of useful sites.
         - KnowlegePoint.com ~ Policies Now employee handbook software
         - HR That Works.com ~ Employee Handbook Software
         - SampleEmployeeHandbook.com ~ employee handbook template
         - Personnel Policy Service, Inc. ~ HR Policy AnswersTM on CD
     Page 206 - This resource can be accessed from AgHelpWanted.org.
     Page 207 - Brochures to help, in English and Spanish, are at AgHelpWanted.org.
         - Sexual Harassment is Forbidden By Law
         - La Ley Prohibe El Hostigamiento Sexual
         - Facts About Sexual Harassment
         - Employers Reasonable Care Pack™ is primarily designed to help employers take appropriate action to comply with federal law
     Page 210 - . . . incidents and different responses to them can be viewed at AgHelpWanted.org.
          Tardiness - a picker arrives in the orchard where the crew is well into its work
          Slow Work - a cow feeder pitches hay as if it were lead
          Inebriation - a field crop irrigator is clearly under the influence
          Poor Quality Work - a picker is filling the bin with rotten fruit, leaves, sticks, etc.
          Theft - the new mechanic seems to have lifted a pneumatic drill from the shop
          Conflict Between Workers - two pickers on the same tree are at each other
          Insubordination - a machine operator refuses to perform an assigned task
          Sleeping on the Job - the field man is dozing under a tractor
          Careless Work - a milker wipes a few cows with the same paper towel
     Page 237 - Some suggested questions (others can be found at AgHelpWanted.org) . . .

 


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