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RULE §90.2Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. Additionally, any words and terms not defined in this section but defined or given specific meaning in Tex. Gov't Code Chapter §§2306.921 - 2306.933, are capitalized. Other terms in 29 CFR §§500.130 - 500.135, 20 CFR §§654.404 et seq., and 29 CFR §1910.142 or used in those sections and defined elsewhere in state or federal law or regulation, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings defined therein, unless the context herein clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Act--The state law that governs the operation and licensure of Migrant Labor Housing Facilities in the state of Texas, found at Tex. Gov't Code, §§2306.921 - 2306.933.

  (2) Board--The governing board of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

  (3) Business Day--Any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday observed by the State of Texas.

  (4) Business hours--8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., local time.

  (5) Department--The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

  (6) Director--The Executive Director of the Department.

  (7) Family--A group of people, whether legally related or not, that act as and hold themselves out to be a Family; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed as creating or sanctioning any unlawful relationship or arrangement such as the custody of an unemancipated minor by a person other than their legal guardian.

  (8) License--The document issued to a Licensee in accordance with the Act.

  (9) Licensee--Any Person that holds a valid License issued in accordance with the Act.

  (10) Occupant--Any person, including a Worker, who uses a Migrant Labor Housing Facility for housing purposes.

  (11) Provider--Any Person who provides for the use of a Migrant Labor Housing Facility by Migrant Agricultural Workers, whether the Facility is owned by the Provider, or is contractually obtained (or otherwise established) by the Provider. An agricultural industry employer or a contracted or affiliated entity may be a Provider if it owns, contracts, or pays for the use of a Migrant Labor Housing Facility by Migrant Agricultural Workers, regardless of whether any rent or fee is required to be paid by a Worker. A common short-term property rental owner or operator that does not exclusively rent to Migrant Agricultural Workers is not a Provider solely because they have rented to Migrant Agricultural Workers. The Provider is the operator under Tex. Gov't Code §2306.928.

  (12) Worker--A Migrant Agricultural Worker, being an individual who is:

    (A) working or available for work seasonally or temporarily in primarily an agricultural or agriculturally related industry, and

    (B) moves one or more times from one place to another to perform seasonal or temporary employment or to be available for seasonal or temporary employment.

Source Note: The provisions of this §90.2 adopted to be effective February 5, 2020, 45 TexReg 751

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