One of our previous posts dealt with a Hershey factory in Pennsylvania
that faced accusations from foreign students working as temporary employees.
The students accused the factory of creating unsafe working conditions,
and the accusations led to an OSHA investigation. Now the State Department
has implemented new rules to protect foreign students who take part in
the Summer Work Travel program and spend their summers working in the
The changes made by the State Department include the following:
- Summer Work Travel students are not allowed to work in packaging plants
- Those students cannot work the majority of their hours between 10 p.m.
and 6:00 a.m.
- And they are not allowed to work in places that the federal Labor Department
qualifies as unsafe
More bans and changes are anticipated in the coming months. Some of these
bans are expected to rule out construction, manufacturing, food processing,
mining and agriculture jobs for students in the Summer Work Travel program.
When anyone in Pennsylvania is injured at work, he or she may end up with heavy
medical expensesand time off from work, not to mention pain that hinders everyday activities.
To protect against the financial and physical struggles that injured workers
could face, our state's workers' compensation laws provide benefits
for individuals who are hurt on the job. Moreover, employers are required
to uphold standards of safety in the workplace, and injured workers should
know their rights if an employer denies a workers' compensation claim.
Source: Voice of America, "New Rules on US Summer Jobs for Foreign Students," May 31, 2012