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Ag Employer's Compliance Checkup and Handbook Service



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The FELS' Ag Employer's Compliance Check-up and Handbook Service is a comprehensive consultation designed to assist employers to become labor compliant. During a FELS personnel audit and employee handbook consultation, a FELS specialist will meet with you to review your legal compliance in over 22 subject areas pertaining to personnel management. A personnel audit is a thorough review of the labor standards which governmental agencies examine during a compliance inspection. These agencies include:

  • Department of Labor-Wage and Hour Division
  • Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Agricultural Labor Relations Board
  • Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


What is Audited by an Ag Employer's Compliance Checkup?

Click here to download the Agricultural Employment Checklist (April 2022)

When conducting a self audit you and a FELS consultant will review:

  • Minimum wage and overtime requirements
  • Payroll a nd pay day compliance
  • Labor contractor records
  • Housing, labor camps, meals
  • Hiring procedures
  • Termination procedures
  • Leave of absence policies
  • Fringe benefits, vacations, etc.
  • Governmental postings
  • Safety programs and procedures
  • Pesticide requirements
  • Child labor laws
  • Workers' Compensation Insurance
  • Discrimination in employment


How Do You Benefit from an Employee Handbook?

Following personnel audit you will be guided in writing an employee handbook taking into account the personality of your business and the legal considerations as noted on the personnel audit checklist. During this phase of the consultation, you will be able to select from over 350 sample policies in our catalog of employment policies. After session, FELS will compile your policy selections into an individualized handbook in both English and Spanish. You will receive one hard copy of the handbook you selected during our session together. If you choose to have additional copies prepared, FELS can provide this service at an additional charge. The audit and handbook consultation generally takes six to eight hours.

Agricultural employers have benefited from using an employee handbook in the following ways:

  • Avoiding costly penalties and payment of back wages.
  • Improved payroll procedures.
  • Better relations with employees due to more consistency in handling problems.
  • Taking control of the employment relationship--right to terminate at-will.
  • Improved safety program.


Who Will Do Your Audit?

WHO. . .
Bryan Little is the Chief Operating officer of Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS®), an affiliate of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Since 2008 Bryan has consulted with agricultural employers in the areas of personnel management and labor relations. As a consultant he has also conducted a wide range of programs on labor law compliance, managing agricultural employees, improving supervisorial skills, avoiding labor unrest, managing ALRB election campaigns, and OSHA compliance.


Brian-Little 250Before working with FELS, Bryan servied as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety & Health at the United States Department of Labor and as Senior Director for Congressional Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, handling labor and employment issues.  Bryan also serves as Director for Employment Policy for California Farm Bureau Federation.



How much does an Ag Employer's Compliance Checkup Cost?

FELS Ag Employer's Compliance Checkup and Handbook Service is a comprehenisve service that we offer to both FELS Newsletter subscribers and non-subscribers.  A Coompliance Check-up without a Handbook Service or a Handbook Service without a Compliance Checkup can also be arranged; please contact our offices at 800-753-9073 for This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing information.