This guide is intended for small-scale, family-run farm operations that gross less than $500,000 per year and rely to some extent on farm intern labor. Internships are an increasingly popular way for aspiring farmers who lack the practical experience needed to start their own farm operations to gain needed skills and knowledge. In exchange for hands-on training with an experienced farmer, an intern provides labor for the farming operation. Farmers and interns may not stop to consider whether there could be legal obligations that affect the arrangement; this guide is intended to inform both farmers and interns about their legal obligations.
The Farmers' Guide to Farm Internships covers federal and Minnesota laws on topics such as minimum wage and overtime laws, labor standards specific to agricultural workers, workplace safety laws, mandatory workers' compensation insurance, employment (payroll) tax and withholding laws, anti-discrimination laws, and workplace posting and... More > recordkeeping requirements.< Less
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