Five online short courses developed for horse industry professionals will be offered with a focus on contract/employee labor law, liability issues, working with youth and volunteers, immigration documentation, and farm safety practices. Courses include:
- Live webinars
- Interactive quizzes
- Decision making tools
- Online resources
Webinar speakers include experts from the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University and an expert on equestrian safety from Michigan State University. Upon completion of each course participants will receive a certificate of completion. These courses are offered free of charge.
Registration is required. Live webinars will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM EST but will also be recorded and available for later on-demand viewing.
Contract/Employee Labor Law: When is a Worker a Horse Operation Employee?
Summary: Misclassifying workers can result in significant penalties from state and federal authorities. During this session, participants will learn about how to classify workers correctly as self-employed contractor or employee and various ways the distinction affects your operation and the worker.
Liability Issues of Horse Operations and Veterinary Practices
Summary: Business owners need to be aware of potential liabilities that may jeopardize their operation. Participants will learn about premises liability requirements, how to utilize statutory immunities, and ensuring standards for performance are met.
Youth and Volunteers: Enabling Experience without Jeopardizing Your Horse Operation
Summary: Youth and volunteers can gain valuable experience while also providing a reliable source of labor for your operation. In this session, participants will learn about restrictions for youth workers, use of release forms, ensuring statutory immunities for equine activities, and other common issues.
Ensuring Proper Documentation to Enable Employment on Horse Operations
Summary: Hiring immigrant labor requires careful attention to federal requirements for documentation to ensure protection for your business and the employee. This session will discuss how to ensure you are hiring individuals legally able to work in the United States. We will discuss the different classifications of authorized aliens, different documents required and deadlines for acquiring proof of authorization, retention standards, general considerations, and more.
Best Practices for a Safe and Efficient Facility
Summary: Worker safety is a critical requirement of the successful equine facility. This webinar will review the likely activities that may result in accidents to horse or human, describe best practices, and will share existing curriculum to train workers on equine facilities.
Dr. Peggy Miller-Auwerda is an instructor of equine courses and extension specialist at Iowa State University. Dr. Auwerda developed the on-line newsletter Grazing News and Master Equine Manager program. Visit eXtension Horses for up-to-date information on everything related to Horses and visit the Equine Business Network Facebook page.