Western Growers Executive Committee and Arizona Directors, led by Chairman Vic Smith, President and CEO of JV Smith Companies, and President and CEO Tom Nassif, were in Arizona this week for meetings at the Arizona State Capitol. The Western Growers delegation met with statewide officials and legislators regarding several issues facing our members.
The Department of Labor has published a Notice in the Federal Register to announce the allowable charges and subsistence reimbursements related to H-2A workers in 2015. The notice provides the maximum meal charge for employers who provide three meals per day to workers, as well as the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim.
Last week, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved changes to the state’s Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) Regulations (Cal. Code of Regs. tit. 8, § 3395). The board intends to request that the revisions be made effective April 1, 2015, so that the changes are in place prior to the upcoming heat season.
On February 19, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will vote on revisions to the heat illness prevention standard (General Industry Safety Orders §3395). Previous proposals were roundly criticized by Western Growers and other industry groups in written comments and at a public meeting last September.
Siding with 26 states that filed a lawsuit to block implementation of President Obama’s Executive Orders announced last November, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction yesterday halting the program on the basis that the president overstepped his authority.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee continued its focus on increasing immigration enforcement and held a hearing on legislation that would make the E-Verify program mandatory throughout the country.
Now that the freshmen members of Congress have unpacked their boxes, settled into their offices and learned how to navigate the corridors of Capitol Hill, Western Growers’ Tom Nassif went back to Washington this week to meet with a few of them, as well as some congressional stalwarts.
The California Legislature is back for a new two-year session with dozens of newly-elected members and new leaders in both the Assembly and Senate. Reporters and pundits are busy speculating about their agendas, what issues will dominate attention and the role Governor Jerry Brown will play in all of it.