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Protecting Farmworkers Through a Broader Statutory Interpretation

By Zachary Wolfe & Roger Rosenthal

While deplorable conditions for farmworkers occasionally catch the attention of Congress, serious problems continue today. Two provisions in the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act—the requirement that the employer not deviate from agreed-upon working arrangements and the protection against retaliation for asserting certain protections—may help ease such poor conditions.

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