Growers and Farm Labor Contractors have an opportunity to attend a class on agricultural laws and regulations. AgSafe will host the event in Holtville Sept. 26. All topics will be covered for both beginning and advanced FLCs at a level that is appropriate for their experience
Join Western Growers for our 2012 Legal Updates Webinar Series. Sponsoring attorney experts will help members stay updated and informed throughout the year about the most pressing legal issues relevant to your business.Join Western Growers for our 2012 Legal Updates Webinar Series. Sponsoring attorney experts will help members stay updated and informed throughout the year about the most pressing legal issues relevant to your business.
The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA), in conjunction with co-sponsoring organizations that includes Western Growers, recently began a series of courses for agricultural human resources professionals. Graduates of the course will earn a prestigious Human Resources Professional in Agriculture (HRPA) designation.
Western Growers Senior Vice President Karen Timmins helped kick-off the series in Oxnard in June by leading a class on Managing Employee Compensation. Karen will also lead a second class on September 10.
In an employment case with significant implications for production agriculture, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that falsely documented employees may successfully sue their employers for back wages under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The Court held that the state Fair Employment and Housing Act is generally not preempted by federal immigration law, but that federal preemption does bar an award for lost pay damages under the FEHA for any period of time after an employer discovers the employee is ineligible under federal law to work in the United States. However, falsely documented employees may still pursue and recover damages against the employer, including post-termination back pay for the period when the employee was not authorized to work and did not actually perform work until the fraud was discovered.
The California Legislature concluded a busy week as members raced to advance bills before the deadline to pass bills out of policy committees. In spite of heavy opposition from Western Growers and a large coalition of state business interests, two notable labor union-sponsored bills advanced through Senate policy committees and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in August.
AgSafe, an agriculture-based safety organization, has developed a food safety training course for produce harvesting. This class will be helpful to everyone in the produce business especially those involved in harvesting specialty crops. It will give supervisors, foremen, crew leads and field workers basic knowledge regarding sanitation and hygiene principles that are often noted in food safety audits. The sessions are open to anyone interested in attending.
If you are one of the 88 companies that participated in this year’s Western Growers’ Professional Compensation and HR Practices Survey, you are just days away from receiving an electronic copy of the survey’s results. On June 23, a free, electronic copy of the valuable results will be emailed to participants directly from PeopleMatters.
If you have not been able to attend one of our piece-rate compliance workshops, now is your opportunity to get the information you need from the comfort and convenience of your own office. In this webinar, we will discuss:
• Recent case law developments impacting piece-rate compensation
• Current litigation involving piece-rate compensation