(1) A single work agreement for a family may
be used only when all of the terms and conditions of employment are
substantially similar for all working family members.
(2) In the department's interpretation of s.
(a), Stats., and in this chapter, the term
"employment" means the act of having direction and control of any worker, being
responsible for the wages of a worker, or allowing a worker to perform work for
(2m) In the
department's interpretation of s.
(a), Stats., and in this chapter, the term
"recruitment" means offering a migrant worker employment whether by personal
contact, telephone, correspondence, or a recall notice due to a union contract.
If recruitment is by telephone, the written work agreement shall be furnished
as soon as reasonably possible.
If an employer does not use the department's prescribed migrant labor work
agreement form, the employer shall use a form approved by the department. An
employer may not use a form unless it has been approved by the department prior
to its use.
(4) When considering an
employer's form for approval, the department shall, in addition to the
requirements of s.
Stats., take into account the clarity and design of such form.
(5) "Kind of work available" means planting,
cultivating, raising, harvesting, handling, drying, packing, packaging,
processing, freezing, grading or storing any agricultural or horticultural
commodity in its unmanufactured state.
(6) The description in the work agreement of
the housing to be supplied shall include a description of cooking, bathing,
laundry and toilet facilities and a statement of the maximum number of persons
to be accommodated in the sleeping area to which the worker will be assigned,
in the case of single persons, or, in the case of families, in the housing unit
to which the worker will be assigned.
"Transportation arrangements" means:
(a) Costs, if any, to the worker.
(b) The specific mode of transportation,
including the type of vehicle used if the employer is to provide
(c) The rate of
payroll deduction for a travel or subsistence advance, if such advance is to be
minimum work guarantee shall cover the period from the date the worker is
notified by the employer to report for work, which date shall be no later than
10 days from the approximate beginning date specified in the work agreement, or
the date the worker reports for work, whichever is later, and continuing until
the date of the final termination of employment, which date shall be no sooner
than 7 days before the approximate ending date specified in the work agreement,
or earlier if the worker is terminated for cause or due to seriously adverse
circumstances beyond the employer's control. If a worker is notified by the
employer to report for work or is employed prior to the approximate beginning
date specified in the work agreement, the period of employment and the
guarantee of minimum work shall begin on the date the worker is notified to
report for work or the date the worker reports for work, whichever is later,
and shall continue until the final termination of employment, as specified in
the work agreement, signed at the time of recruitment, or earlier if the worker
is terminated for cause or due to seriously adverse circumstances beyond the
(9) The term
"seriously adverse circumstances beyond the employer's control" means the
substantial shutdown of the employer's operations for reasons including,
without limitation because of enumeration, loss of crops, loss of, or inability
to operate facilities or inability to store or process unmarketable, perishable
agricultural produce; such term shall not apply to the shutdown of the
employer's operation for change over of equipment or between packs or
(10) "Terms and conditions
of employment" includes, without limitation because of enumeration, job
assignment, layoffs, discharge, filling vacancies, transfers, job bidding,
seniority, hours, work schedule, overtime pay, leave of absence, benefits,
insurance, pension, vacation, holiday leave, sick leave, or general working
(11) Elapsed time shall
be computed, subject to the limits in s.
Stats., on the basis of 500 miles of travel per day.
"Applicable wage rates" means the actual anticipated straight-time hourly rates
the worker will be paid. If the worker will be paid on a piece rate basis, the
work agreement shall show the employer's guarantee hourly rate. If at the time
of recruitment the employer cannot anticipate the exact rate the worker will be
paid, the work agreement shall specify a base rate which shall be not less than
the base rate paid by the employer at the end of the preceding season for the
kind of work specified, together with the words"or more" or similar
(b) In determining whether
the employer has met the weekly or bi-weekly guarantee under s.
(b), Stats., the straight-time hourly rate
which the worker was paid for the greatest number of hours during the preceding
work guarantee period shall be used. If there was no preceding work guarantee
period, the rate paid the worker during the current guarantee period shall be
used. If the worker is paid on a piece rate basis, the employer's specified
guaranteed hourly rate shall be used.
(13) If the applicable wage rate to be paid
includes a bonus provision, the work agreement shall clearly state the
conditions under which the bonus shall be paid or forfeited. A work agreement
may not state that a migrant worker must continue to work "until the end of the
harvest" as a condition to receive a bonus. A bonus may be conditioned on a
worker continuing to work up to 7 days beyond the approximate ending date in
the work agreement.
(14) When an
employer uses multiple sheet forms and signs the agreement first, the work
agreement may provide that it may be cancelled by the employer if, by a
specific date, the employer or the designated agent has not received a fully
signed copy of the work agreement.
(15) The work agreement may provide for
cancellation by the employer if the worker fails to notify the employer or
designated agent within a reconfirmation period of not less than 15 days of his
or her continuing intention to accept the employment. Notification of
reconfirmation may be made by collect telephone call, by an employer provided
prepaid postcard, or any other means paid for by the employer.
(16) Any work agreement utilizing one or both
of the options embodied in subs. (14) and (15) shall set forth the optional
language in a highly visible manner compared to the printing of the rest of the
Wis. Admin. Code Department of Workforce Development § DWD 301.06
Emerg. cr. (13), eff.
3-30-78; Register, April, 1978, No. 268, eff. 5-1-78; emerg. cr. (12) and (13),
eff. 2-21-79; cr. (12) and (13), Register, May, 1979, No. 281, eff. 6-1-79; cr.
(14) to (16), Register, March, 1986, No. 363, eff. 4-1-86; renum. from Ind
201.06, Register, February, 1993, No. 446, eff. 3-1-93; am. (5) and (12) (b),
Register, December, 1997, No. 504, eff. 1-1-98; CR 07-018: am. (2), (3) and
(13), cr. (2m) Register December 2007 No. 624, eff.