The Office of Administrative Law has approved amendments to the heat illness prevention regulations recommended by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. The new regulations go into effect May 1. All operations must be ready to provide the necessary training and processes to be in compliance by that date.
Western Growers, along with a coalition of agricultural trade associations, has filed a lawsuit against Labor Commissioner Julie Su and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement challenging the labor commissioner’s policy that employers who pay employees on a piece-rate basis must pay those employees their average hourly piece-earning rate for rest periods.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) large employer mandate requires employers to offer affordable, qualifying coverage starting this year. As a business person, you have myriad plan options available, and the choices can be confusing. Western Growers is here to help.
On February 20, 2015, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training, and HIP plans. The board is seeking a May 1 effective date from the Office of Administrative Law which has 30 days to review the rulemaking record to determine whether the Board has satisfied the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.
As we previously reported in Spotlight, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved amendments to the state’s Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) Regulations (Cal. Code of Regs. tit. 8, § 3395). The revisions are expected to go into effect on May 1, 2015.
Western Growers along with over one hundred and forty members of Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) sent a letter to House leadership today registering strong opposition to H.R. 1147, the Legal Workforce Act, which was reported out of the Judiciary Committee two weeks ago.
Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the reappointment of Western Growers’ member Joe Del Bosque to the California Water Commission. Del Bosque, a member of Western Growers since 1996, has served on the commission since 2010.