Western Growers would like to welcome and thank the following 30 companies for becoming members of the Association since last May. We look forward to serving you and appreciate your patronage. Welcome to the Western Growers family!
On June 26, 2014, Western Growers postponed a webinar scheduled on June 30, 2014, due to logistical difficulties. This webinar was meant to discuss several proposed changes that could affect the current language and practices in the leafy green guidance documents utilized by the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements (LGMA) in Arizona and California. We are happy to announce that we are now ready to host it on August 20, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. PDT.
The Cal/OSH Standards Board published its proposal on August 8, starting a 45-day comment period that ends with a public hearing on Sept. 25 in San Diego. Your comments and thoughts are needed so that we can appropriately respond to the proposal.
There have been dozens of projects and reports and hundreds-of-pages of scientific research findings completed by the Center for Produce Safety over the past few years on agricultural water and its impact on food safety. To help you take better advantage of this knowledge and information, WG has partnered with the CPS and the Produce Marketing Association to evaluate and consolidate that body of knowledge into one report for the benefit of members of the fresh produce industry:
It’s always easier to complete a job when you are using the right tools. When making compensation and benefit decisions for your business, the right tool for the job is the Western Growers 2014 Compensation and HR Practices Survey.
Last week, the California Court of Appeal ruled that an employer must reimburse an employee for the reasonable expense of the mandatory use of a personal cell phone. California employers are already required to reimburse employees for necessary expenses incurred by the employees in carrying out their job duties (Labor Code sec. 2802). The Court of Appeal concluded in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. that "[i]f an employee is required to make work-related calls on a personal cell phone, then he or she is incurring an expense for the purposes of section 2802."
This week, the California Senate is expected to vote on AB 1897 and AB 2416, two bills opposed by a large coalition of organizations that includes Western Growers. WG sent an Action Alert to California members earlier today urging them to contact their senator and urge a ‘NO’ vote on each bill.
Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform. Several standing committees featured guest speakers. Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee.