Rivera Deepens Circuit Split On H-2 Worker Reimbursement

Law360, New York (December 10, 2013, 11:47 PM EST) -- In Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms Inc., (Nov. 13, 2013), the Ninth Circuit ruled that employers of agricultural guest workers participating in the H-2A visa program must reimburse most travel, recruitment and immigration-related expenses to H-2A workers in their first week on the job, deepening a circuit split on the issue.

The guest worker plaintiffs in Rivera alleged that they incurred at least $400 to $900 each in travel, immigration and recruitment expenses prior to arriving at their place of employment in Nevada. This is...
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