A New Smyrna Beach beekeeper and honey maker got hit with a $6,357 civil penalty, the U.S. Department of Labor announced, after violating H-2A visa program rules.
S&S Apiaries also owes three H-2A workers $4,130 in back pay, $1,376.67 per worker.
Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigators found that S&S, founded by owner Jesse Azam and registered in Florida since 2010, “failed to pay employees for any hours they worked beyond 50 in a workweek.”
Labor said that 50-hour workweek was stated as 38 hours in S&S’s petition for the H-2A program, which allows a company to bring in guest workers for seasonal or temporary work if their attempt to find U.S. workers didn’t fill the jobs.
S&S also didn’t give H-2A workers a copy of their contract nor did it display, as required, an H-2A poster that explains H-2A workers’ rights. Labor has these posters available, at no