Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act

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The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA or MSPA) (P.L. 97-470) (January 14, 1983), codified at 29 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1872, is the main federal law that protects farmworkers in the United States. It repealed and replaced the Farm Labor Contractor Registration Act (P.L. 88-582).

The AWPA provides federal labor protections in the areas of labor contracting and recruitment, payment of wages, recordkeeping, housing, transportation, working conditions, and compliance with "working arrangements". The Act also requires farm labor contractors to register with the United States Department of Labor.


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