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.
In a trend being echoed in several states across the nation, Arizona is set to raise its minimum wage at the start of the New Year. The state will increase its minimum wage by 10 cents, from $7.80/hr. to $7.90/hr. on January 1, 2014. The increase is a result of a 2006 statewide initiative (Prop 202) that passed and became effective January 13, 2008, and automatically sets annual wage increases indexed to the cost of living.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Arizona and California) has revived a claim for immigration and travel expenses brought by H-2A harvest workers who claim that costs they incurred in procuring employment and travel to the United States dropped their pay below the minimum wage during their first week of employment in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), through its Cal/OSHA division, issued a press release late last week reminding employers of the risks associated with Valley Fever. The release also provided tips to employers for reducing exposure to Valley Fever for their workers.
After a series of back and forth decisions between the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board (ALRB) and one of its district offices, the ALRB main office approved a request granting Gerawan farm workers the opportunity to hold an election today to determine if they want to forego representation by the United Farm Workers (UFW). The landmark decision and today’s historic election has the potential to affect many other workers who have never voted for UFW representation.
This week, two California Republicans, Rep. Jeff Denham and Rep. David Valadao, co-sponsored the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by Democrats earlier this month, H.R. 15. That legislation includes the stakeholder agreement reached between the Ag Workforce Coalition (AWC) and worker groups.