A Solution to the Food Processing Industry’s Labor Shortage

The Problem On April 28, 2020, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, which classified the meatpacking and food processing plant industry (Processing Plants) as part of the nation’s “essential workers” category of the workforce. The importance of Processing Plants in our food supply chain has made itself evident throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Processing Plant jobs do not appeal to Americans. Read More

How to attract the right candidates and retain them. Foreign talent may be the answer.

Recruiting top-quality talent isn’t an easy task. It involves a lot more than simply posting a job description and waiting for the applications to roll in. Your inbox may immediately be flooded with submissions. However, finding a candidate who has the right skills and expertise and is also a great cultural fit for your company? That’s hard. So why not expand the candidate pool outside your city, state or even Read More

Is hiring foreign professionals possible in this political climate?

Options to hire foreign workers and comply with US immigration laws. It’s well known that making diversity an important part of the recruiting process will broaden your talent pool of prospective employees. Diversity, including diversity of gender, religion, and ethnicity, has been shown to improve retention, improve performance and reduce the costs associated with employee turnover. So, you are ready to start an Read More

What’s the H-2A Program? How can it help farmers get legal affordable labor?

Can I get legal labor and still abide by US immigration laws? The H-2A program allows farmers who employ individuals in the United States to hire foreign employees to fill temporary labor jobs, according to US immigration laws. For the position to qualify with H-2A workers, the employer must: Provide a job that is temporary or seasonal. Demonstrate that there are not enough workers in the United States who Read More

Types of U.S. Work Visas

Permanent and temporary U.S. work visa options. Many foreign nationals want to work in the United States, and many companies in the US are seeking to grow their pool of talent.  This is a list of the most frequently obtained work visas in order to help point readers in the right direction as to which visa, they or their workers may qualify Read More

Are you illegally hiring legal labor?

I-9 Free webinar. If you are an H-2A employer, learn how to be compliant with government requirements and audits- Verify the identity and employment authorization of your team! If you missed our live webinar you can review it here. If you have any additional questions contact us at info@ffbfirm.com or call (770) 422 4241 Read More

Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Background On October 30, 2019, Congresswoman Lofgren (D. CA), introduced H.R. 4916, also known as the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (The Bill). The Bill is being touted as a desperately needed bill that reforms the H-2A Visa Program. While there are good aspects to The Bill, the reality is it would have catastrophic consequences to the livestock industry and would either . (1) put thousands of U.S. workers Read More

Cost of retaining talent

Escalating competition for workers and a shrinking talent pool are coming together, giving employees the advantage in the job market and costing employers thousands of dollars per employee in turnover. Employee Benefit News (EBN) reports that it costs employers 33% of a worker's annual salary to hire a replacement if that worker leaves. In dollar figures, the replacement cost is $15,000 per person for an Read More

DACA Program – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program was created in 2012 through Executive Order, by President Obama to protect certain individuals from deportation and give them legal work authorization. To be eligible for DACA, an individual must meet the following criteria: Came to the U.S. under the age of sixteen (16); Has continuously resided in the U.S. for at least five years preceding the date of Read More

Professions needed in the US

Occupations that qualify for work visa. For a record 16 straight months, the number of open jobs has been higher than the number of people looking for work. The US economy had 7.4 million job openings in June, but only 6 million people were looking for work, according to data released by the US Department of Labor. Things are looking good for job seekers in America. Unemployment rates are low, and job Read More