A recent story by Jared Meyer summarizes how the U.S. Department of Labor extorts admissions of guilt, unproven damages, fines, and waivers of appeal rights from farmers by implementing the “hot goods” provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 against agricultural employers in a manner offensive to Republicans, Democrats, and, most recently, a U.S. District Court in Oregon.
As the story points out, it also appears that the Department of Labor uses assumptions and methods of determining whether a violation has occurred in the first place.
The story is here.
The magistrate’s opinion in the U.S. District Court case is here.
Legislation with the bipartisan support of Austin Scott (R-GA) the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Affairs and of Kurt Schrader (D-OR) the Ranking Member on that Committee, has been introduced in the House of Representatives to forbid the Department of Labor’s use of the “hot goods” orders on perishable goods.