New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Applications for Migrant Labor Registration Certificates

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The Department of Agriculture and Markets required all migrants to register. The labor certificates include name and address of registrant; farm worked; number of migrants needed; migrant's home state; employment dates; name and address of camp where housed; list of crops and type of work; wages paid by type of crop; charges to migrants including for meals, room, electricity, and transportation to New York State; and if migrants were covered by workmen's compensation or farmer's liability insurance.
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Administrative History

This series relates to the Department of Agriculture and Markets activities under the responsibility of the New York State Interdepartmental Committee on Farm and Food Processing.

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Applications for migrant labor registration certificates are required by the New York State Department of Labor and Department of Agriculture and Markets.

They provide information on: name and address of registrant; name of farm where migrants will work; number of migrants needed; migrants' home state; approximate dates of employment; name and address of camp where migrants will be housed; list of the chief crops, work to be done, and wage rates the migrants will be paid for each type of work on each crop; amount of charges, if any, migrants will pay for meals, room, electricity, transportation to New York State, and other charges; and whether migrants will be covered by workmen's compensation insurance or farmer's liability insurance. Each registrant must sign and keep the cerificate in his possession and display it upon request.

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