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.
In a stunning move following a federal court decision, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will no longer accept or process applications for workers under the H-2B program, effectively shutting down the program.
Agriculture faces great obstacles today, especially for those engaged in labor-intensive agriculture where certain challenges feel particularly acute. Over the course of my career, I have participated in some of the major battles our industry has waged over workforce and labor issues.
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 May 1, 2015, so that the changes are in place prior to the upcoming heat season.