Migrant Seasonal Farmworkers

Federal regulations require that every Workforce Center offer the full range of quality employment services, benefits, and protections to Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers (MSFWs), afforded to non-MSFW on an equal level. The MSFW program assists those classified as either a migrant farmworker , a seasonal farmworker , or a migrant food processing worker.

  • “Migrant” agricultural worker means anyone employed in agriculture on a temporary basis that is required by his/her work to be absent overnight from his/her permanent place of residence.
  • “Seasonal” agricultural worker means anyone employed in agriculture that is not required by his/her work to be absent overnight from his/her permanent place of residence.

The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment administers a bilingual (English/Spanish) outreach program to predominantly Spanish speaking clientele in accordance with 20 CFR 653 and as a significant MSFW State.

The six significant MSFW Workforce Centers (Brighton, Greeley, Lamar, Monte Vista, Delta, and La Junta) provide quality employment services and referrals to customers. Outreach efforts are accomplished by personal contacts with Migrant and Seasonal Farm workers to provide the full range of services such as:

  • Job search assistance and placement
  • Registration assistance
  • Assistance with Unemployment Insurance
  • Testing
  • Counseling
  • Training Opportunities
  • Referral to supportive services
  • Job development
  • Referrals to other organizations that serve migrant and seasonal farm workers
  • Complaint resolution
  • Farm worker rights and labor law information

Services to Agricultural Employers through the One-Stop Delivery System The Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Program is designed to enhance and expand services to meet the needs of the agricultural industry. Colorado will provide services to agricultural employers by effectively providing information about services available through the workforce development system and, at the same time, obtaining sufficient information about the employer’s needs to provide appropriate services to include the following.

  • Labor exchange services
  • Job order listing
  • Outreach contacts
  • Pre-occupancy housing inspections
  • Labor market information
  • Employer forums
  • Farm Labor Contractor licensing (State License)

For more information on any of these services, contact your local Workforce office or the State Monitor Advocate.

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  • Federal Regulations 20 CFR 651 - General Provisions Governing the Federal - State Employment Service Plan
  • Federal Regulations 20 CFR 653 - Services for the Employment Service System
  • Workforce Innovation Opprtunity Act



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