(a) State Administrators shall assure that their State agencies monitor their own compliance with JS regulations in serving MSFWs on an ongoing basis. The State Administrator shall have overall responsibility for State agency self-monitoring.
(b) The State Administrator shall appoint a State MSFW Monitor Advocate. The State Administrator shall inform farmworker organizations and other organizations with expertise concerning MSFWs of the opening and encourage them to refer qualified applicants to apply through the State merit system prior to appointing a State MSFW Monitor Advocate. Among qualified candidates determined through State merit system procedures, the State agencies shall seek persons (1) who are from MSFW backgrounds, or (2) who speak Spanish or other languages of a significant proportion of the State MSFW population, or (3) who are racially or ethnically similar to the MSFWs in the State, or (4) who have substantial work experience in farmworker activities.
(c) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall have direct, personal access, whenever he/she finds it necessary, to the State Administrator and shall work in the State central office. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall have status and compensation as approved by the civil service classification system and be comparable to other State positions assigned similar levels of tasks, complexity and responsibility.
(d) The State MSFW Monitor Advocates shall be assigned staff necessary to fulfill effectively all of his/her duties as set forth in this subpart. The number of staff positions shall be determined by reference to:
(1) The number of MSFWs in the State, as measured at the time of the peak MSFW population (MSFW activity), and (2) the need for monitoring activity in the State. The MSFW Monitor Advocates shall devote full time to Monitor Advocate functions, except that the OWI Administrator may reallocate positions from States of low MSFW activity to States of higher MSFW activity and may approve a plan for less than full-time work in States of low MSFW activity. Any such plan must demonstrate that the State MSFW Monitor Advocate function can be effectively performed with part-time staffing.
(e) All State MSFW Monitor Advocates and Assistant MSFW Monitor Advocates shall attend within the first three months of their tenure a training session conducted by the Regional MSFW Monitor Advocate. They shall also attend whatever additional training sessions are required by the Regional or National MSFW Monitor Advocate.
(f) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall provide any relevant documentation requested from the State agency by the Regional MSFW Monitor Advocate.
(g) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall:
(1) Conduct an ongoing review of the delivery of services and protections afforded by JS regulations to MSFWs by the State agency and local offices. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate, without delay, shall advise the State agency and local offices of (i) problems, deficiencies, or improper practices in the delivery of services and protections afforded by these regulations (including progress made in achieving affirmative action goals and timetables), and (ii) means to improve such delivery.
(2) Participate in onsite local office MSFW formal monitoring reviews on a regular basis.
(3) Assure that all significant MSFW local offices not reviewed onsite by Federal staff, are reviewed at least once a year by State staff, and that, if necessary, those local offices in which significant problems are revealed by required reports, management information, the JS complaint system or otherwise are reviewed as soon as possible.
(4) Assure that the monitoring review format, developed by ETA, is used as a guideline in the conduct of local office MSFW onsite formal monitoring reviews. This format will ensure that applications and the application-taking process are reviewed during State onsite reviews by State MSFW Monitor Advocates and/or review staff, who shall check overall accuracy and quality, and offer technical advice on corrections or improvements.
(5) Review the State agency's outreach plan, and on a random basis, the outreach workers' daily logs and other reports including those showing or reflecting the workers' activities, to ensure that they comply with the outreach plan.
(h) Formal onsite MSFW monitoring reviews of local offices shall be conducted using the following procedures:
(1) Before beginning such a review, the State MSFW Monitor Advocate and/or review staff shall study:
(i) Program performance data,
(ii) Reports of previous reviews,
(iii) Corrective action plans developed as a result of previous reviews,
(iv) Complaint logs, and
(v) Complaints elevated from the office or concerning the office.
(2) Upon completion of a local office onsite formal monitoring review, the State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall hold one or more wrap-up sessions with the local office manager and staff to discuss any obvious findings and offer initial recommendations and appropriate technical assistance.
(3) After each review the State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall conduct an indepth analysis of the review data. The conclusions and recommendations of the State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall be put in writing, shall be sent to the State Administrator, to the offical of the State agency with line authority over the local office, and other appropriate State agency officials.
(4) The state MSFW Monitor Advocate may recommend that the review responsibility set forth in this subsection be delegated to a responsible professional member of the administrative staff of the State agency, if and when the State Administrator finds such delegation necessary. In such event, the State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall be responsible for and shall approve the written report of the review.
(5) The local office manager shall develop and propose a written corrective action plan. The plan shall be approved, or appropriately revised, by appropriate superior officials and the State MSFW Monitor Advocate. The plan shall include actions required to correct or to take major steps to correct any problems within 30 days or if the plan allows for more than 30 days for full compliance, the length of, and the reasons for, the extended period shall be specifically stated.
(6) State agencies, through line supervisory staff, shall be responsible for assuring and documenting that the local office is in compliance within the time period designated in the plan. State agencies shall submit to the appropriate ETA regional offices copies of the onsite local office formal monitoring review reports and corrective action plans for significant local offices.
(i) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall participate in federal reviews conducted pursuant to subpart G.
(j) At the discretion of the State Administrator, the State MSFW Monitor Advocate may be assigned the responsibility as the complaint specialist. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall participate in and monitor the performance of the complaint system, as set forth at 20 CFR 658.400et seq. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall review the local office managers' informal resolution of complaints relating to MSFWs and shall ensure that the State agency transmits copies of the logs of MSFW complaints to the regional office quarterly.
(k) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate also shall serve as an advocate to improve services for MSFWs within JS. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall establish ongoing liaison with WIA 167 National Farmworker Jobs Program and other organizations serving farmworkers, and employers and/or employer organizations, in the State. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall meet frequently with representatives of these organizations to receive complaints, assist in referrals of alleged violations to enforcement agencies, receive input on improving coordination with JS or improving JS services to MSFWs.
(l) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall conduct frequent field visits to the working and living areas of MSFWs, and shall discuss JS services and other employment-related programs with MSFWs, crew leaders, and employers. Records shall be kept of each such visit.
(m) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall participate in the appropriate regional public meeting(s) held by the Department of Labor Regional Farm Labor Coordinated Enforcement Committee.
(n) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall ensure that outreach efforts in all significant MSFW local offices are reviewed at least yearly to ensure that there is continuing compliance with 20 CFR 653.107. This review will include accompanying at least one outreach worker from each significant MSFW local office on his/her visits to MSFWs' working and living areas. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall review findings from these reviews.
(o) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall review and assess the adequacy of the annual State affirmative action plan for MSFWs, and shall report such findings to the State Administrator.
(p) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall ensure that JS outreach activities are reviewed periodically at day-haul sites at which these activities are conducted. Complete records of such visits shall be kept. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall ensure that local offices and the State Administrator are advised of any deficiencies.
(q) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall review on at least a quarterly basis all statistical and other MSFW-related data reported by significant MSFW local offices in order (1) to determine the extent to which the State agency has complied with regulations at § 653.100et seq., and (2) to identify the areas of inadequate compliance.
(r) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall have full access to all statistical and other MSFW-related information gathered by State agencies and local offices and may interview State and local office staffs with respect to reporting methods. Subsequent to each review, the State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall consult, as necessary, with State and local offices and provide technical assistance to ensure accurate reporting.
(s) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall review and comment on proposed State JS directives, manuals, and operating instructions relating to MSFWs and shall ensure (1) that they accurately reflect the requirements of the regulations, and (2) that they are clear and workable. The State MSFW Monitor Advocate also shall explain and make available at the requestor's cost, pertinent directives and procedures to employers, employer organizations, farmworkers, farmworker organizations and other parties expressing an interest in a readily identifiable directive or procedure issued and receive suggestions on how these documents can be improved.
(t) The State MSFW Monitor Advocate shall prepare for the State Administrator an annual summary of JS services to MSFWs within his/her State based on statistical data and his/her reviews and activities set forth in these regulations. The summary shall include an assessment of the State agency's activities related to MSFWs such as those covered in the State agency's PBP, outreach plan, and affirmative action plan, and the other matters with respect to which the State MSFW Monitor Advocate has responsibilities under these regulations. A copy of this summary shall be forwarded to the Regional Administrator by the State Administrator.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1205-0039)