Agricultural Labor Law 101: The Basics of Federal Governance

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium


Due to the labor intensive nature of production agriculture, it is essential that agricultural operators properly understand and comply with the numerous, and complex, federal agricultural labor laws governing minimum wage and overtime pay, child labor, interns/apprentices, volunteers, independent contractors, and migrant and seasonal workers.  This presentation will address each of these agricultural labor law issues as they are governed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupation Safety and Health Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Workers Program.



This webinar was recorded on June 15, 2016.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click here.


M. Sean High, Esq.

Staff Attorney, Center for Agricultural and Shale Law

Born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Sean developed a strong interest in agriculture while working summers on his grandparents’ dairy farm.  He is a graduate of Penn State Law and is a staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law where his duties include researching agricultural law issues and presenting his findings to agricultural producers, landowners, business professionals, attorneys, legislators, government officials, community groups, and the general public.  Sean is currently the author of the Penn State Agricultural Law Brief, the Penn State Agricultural Law Weekly Review, and the Penn State Agricultural Law Blog.

Research & Materials:


U.S. Department of Labor

DOL Wage and Hour Division

Wages and Hours Worked: Worker Protections in Agriculture

Employment Law Guide: Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services