Ranchers, DOL Fight Shepherds' Wage Floor Challenge

By Adam Lidgett (March 13, 2017, 7:55 PM EDT) -- Ranchers' groups and the federal government on Friday opposed shepherds' bid for a quick win in their suit challenging a Department of Labor rule setting what they say is a too-low pay floor for long-term livestock workers on H-2A visas, with the agricultural associations saying the shepherds are attempting to destroy the livestock industry and the government saying they haven't identified a specific agency action to review.

In a motion for summary judgment in January, the shepherds said the court should recognize that the rule, which allegedly sets their base pay at less than $3 an hour and wrongly categorizes them...

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