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Governor Kevin Stitt has announced that Oklahoma will start a new Back to Work Initiative, in addition to reverting back to pre-pandemic unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility requirements starting June 27.  View the Governor's Executive Order for this initiative, and additional resources about this initiative from OESC.

Employing Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers

Monitor Advocates at the National, Regional, and State levels help to ensure that the services provided to employer's Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs) are "qualitatively equivalent and quantitatively proportionate" to the services provided to other job seekers. This means that an employer's MSFWs should receive all workforce development services, benefits, and protections on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis (i.e. career guidance, testing, job development, training, and job referral). If your MSFWs have not received workforce services, benefits and protections or materials listed below, see Farmworker's Employment Rights.

In order to locate and to contact MSFWs who are not being reached by the normal intake activities conducted by the local Job Service offices, the focus of the workforce delivery system will be to:

  1. Increase the number of MSFWs in all labor exchange activities;

  2. Increase the number of agricultural employers utilizing labor exchange services;

  3. Encourage use of the Agricultural Recruitment System (ARS);

  4. Encourage MSFWs' transition to higher-wage jobs & permanent year-round employment in non-agricultural work;

  5. Enhance collaboration with MSFW service providers;

  6. Encourage full integration of MSFWs and agencies that serve them into American Job Centers (also known as One-Stop Career Centers) around the country.

State and Regional Monitor Advocates are responsible for ensuring that services provided are in accordance with federal regulations (20 CFR § 651-658) and the Workforce Investment Act.

The Monitor Advocates support the needs of MSFWs by:

  • Providing information about farmworker needs, characteristics, and concerns;

  • Developing linkages with a broad range of stakeholders, including community- and employer-based organizations;

  • Participating in the planning and integration and system-building functions of American Job Centers;

  • Producing annual service assessments and analyses to promote a better understanding of services to farmworkers and to highlighting special efforts and accomplishments by states in serving them; and,

  • Ensuring that all legal protections are afforded to farmworkers and that their complaints are promptly resolved.

Farmworker's Employment Rights 

If you believe that your agricultural employment rights have been violated, find out where and how to submit complaints.

The above is copied from the US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Monitor Advocate System webpage.

Oklahoma Consumer Complaint Process

Oklahoma State Monitor Advocate 
Debra Roseburr
405-557-7128
debra.roseburr@oesc.state.ok.us

Current Oklahoma Agricultural Outreach Plan

Current Oklahoma State Monitor Advocate Summary

Oklahoma Links & MSFW Information

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