It isn’t always easy to understand our anti-discrimination legal obligations or how they influence the way we hire and fire. From writing a good job description to conducting the interview, training employees, and (the worst part) having to dismiss workers, we all benefit when the process is clear, objective, and consistently implemented.
We help you sort out how to create such a process in Avoiding Discrimination in Employment for Farm and Ranch Businesses(30pgs). Clear examples of how to conduct an interview, how to advertise a position, and how to document dismissal help farmers quickly change their processes to build legal resilience. This guide also explores in detail the “protected characteristics:” the things an employer cannot take into account when making employment decisions. Although we may think we know what “gender” or “race” means, it can be a bit tricky. Get the full details on what the protected characteristics are and what they mean in our guide.
Anti-discrimination rules are an interplay of both state and federal laws. Avoiding Discrimination in Employment for Farm and Ranch Businesses includes federal rules and state rules. For a quick reference for your state, head over to the Selected Essentials in Farm Employment Law (10pgs) for the “protected characteristics” in your state (still under development for some states).
Looking for more support and practical resources as you create a workforce wage strategy that works for your farm? Take our Advanced Employment Law Course, an online, comprehensive experience that helps farmers understand and apply farm employment law to their specific situations.
New to farm employment law, not yet a member, or looking for an overview of issues? Try our Hiring Farm Workers Basics(6pgs), an FAQ-style resource that answers farmers’ most typical questions about hiring workers for the farm (available to members and non-members alike). This resource will help you discover what you didn’t realize you didn’t know.