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Virtual Agricultural Seminar for Employers and Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will hold a 2024 Virtual Agricultural Seminar to provide guidance on federal requirements governing agricultural employment for growers, farmers, shippers, contractors, farm labor contractors, buyers and agricultural workers nationwide. Presented in coordination with other agencies and stakeholders, the virtual seminar will focus on federal laws and regulations governing agricultural employment and include discussions on the H-2A temporary agricultural program, Fair Labor Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and Office of Foreign Labor Certification. March 28, 7:30 am – 3 pm (PST) For more information and a link to register.

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Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference

The Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference brings together as many as 350 nonprofit leaders for educational and networking sessions on current, relevant and inspiring topics facing nonprofits today. Dates: April 9, 7:30 am – 3 pm and April 10 7:45 am – noon Location: Ashland Hills Hotel, Ashland, OR Costs: $325 (non members, $225 NOA Members) Learn more and register.

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Form I-9 & E-Verify: Hot Topics – Real Answers

During this 30 Minutes of Excellence Session, presenters will discuss the most current Form I-9 and address many areas including common mistakes made while completing the I-9, how the I-9 can be completed on a new hire before they start working for pay, along with best practices for reviewing and copying documents, making corrections, reverifying documents and what to do if you’re missing an I-9. In addition, we will also discuss E-Verify, the free web-based service and a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).  This one-of-a-kind system allows enrolled employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their new hires.  At the federal level, E-Verify is voluntary for most users although mandatory, with various legislative requirements, in over 20 states and for a host of federal contractors.  During this session we’ll review recent changes and updates in E-Verify, the earliest you can create an E-Verify case, how to handle a mismatch case along with ‘good-to-know’ best practices.  We’ll wrap up the session with an exciting preview of E-Verify’s future – NextGen.

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4th Annual Women’s Small Business Transportation Summit

The 4th Annual Women’s Small Business Transportation Summit, sponsored by U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) will be held virtually celebrating women entrepreneurs and providing an opportunity to learn about technical assistance resources, capacity building, access to capital, and upcoming USDOT initiatives, including Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) opportunities. Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 7 am to 12:30 pm PST. Learn more and register.

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Hospitality Worker Day Webinar

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division – in coordination with the Women’s Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Agency and the Office of Foreign Labor Certification – will mark Hospitality Worker Appreciation Day by offering a webinar on federal regulations governing workers’ wages and benefits and employers’ responsibilities in hotels, motels, restaurants and staffing agencies. In addition they will provide information related to the H-2B visa program. Feb 22, 6 am – 1 pm.

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Rogue Business Connections

The Rogue Business Connections community on LinkedIn allows business and nonprofit leaders in the Rogue Valley to connect and share questions, resources and solutions to the challenges that many businesses face in our region.

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