H2A Farm Worker Quarantine Reimbursement Program
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services COVID-19 Farmworker Quarantine Reimbursement program has been funded with $2 million to provide employers that have farmworkers with valid H2A visas reimbursement for the cost of meals and lodging for the duration of any quarantine period. The daily amount allowed may not exceed the per diem rates for federal employees. These funds are provided by N.C. General Assembly resultant funding from federal COVID-19 funds earmarked for North Carolina.
The H2A program is a critical component in planting, production, and harvesting of North Carolina commodities. This program will help offset the financial burden of quarantine accommodations for workers that test positive for COVID-19. The employer on record for the farmworker with a valid H2A visa may submit reimbursement request on behalf of any farmworker requiring to be quarantined following a positive test for COVID-19. The application period will open on April 14, 2021, and will continue through December 15, 2021, or when program funds are exhausted. Covered claims will be allowed for the dates between March 11, 2021, through the 2021 growing season.
Required materials for claims:
*Copy of online application
*Signed copy of IRS W-9 form
*Letter from Health Department or other health care provider with positive results and dates quarantined (template for Public Health Letter)
*Expense Reimbursement form (draft of expense reimbursement form)
*Copy of migrant housing authorization from NCDOL (Beth Rodman must be contacted prior to moving employees to off-site housing)
Please contact H2Acovidprogram2021@ncagr.gov with any questions regarding this program.
Additional details, instructions for submitting claims for reiumbursement, and updates are available from the NCDA&CS article, NCDA&CS COVID-19 H2A Farmworker Quarantine Reimbursement Program.