Wisconsin is making significant changes to migrant labor rules

Leaders in Wisconsin made the first significant update to their state migrant labor rules in more than fifteen years.
The changes come with more safety protections for those workers.

They include:

  • New requirements for disease prevention and reporting in labor camps
  • Employers must come up with a heat illness prevention plan allowing shade and breaks when temperatures are above 80 degrees. Additional protection will be required over 95 degrees.
  • They will also require changes to housing, but some do not have to be completed right away

Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development says that migrant workers are essential to the state’s workforce and play a big role in keeping food on the table.