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
Recently, a handful of law firms representing plaintiffs began targeting California-based large grower-shippers and farm labor contractors with class action lawsuits alleging failure to pay piece-rate employees for non-productive time (NPT) and break periods. These lawsuits generally allege that employers failed to pay agricultural employees for all hours worked; failed to pay in a timely manner; failed to pay all wages owed to employees who were terminated; and failed to provide an itemized wage statement or keep accurate pay records. In addition, these lawsuits often include causes of action for failure to authorize or permit mandated rest breaks or meal periods and other wage and hour claims.
The House of Representatives passed a bill today that delays implementation of a rule defining what constitutes “waters of the U.S.,” or WOTUS. Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement in advance of today’s vote supporting the measure:
Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement in support of H.R. 5078, a bill that would delay action on EPA’s Water of the U.S. Rule:
"Western Growers members strongly believe in the value of clean water, but we also believe that in administering the Clean Water Act the EPA and Army Corps must do so with outmost input from state and local officials. HR 5078 intends to ensure that before a new rule for the Clean Water Act can be issued that proper state and local consultation be taken. Western Growers supports this effort and passage of this bill."
California created the first regulations for heat illness prevention more than 10 years ago. There is no question that those standards have helped reduce the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths associated with exposure. Initially, it took a few years for high heat industries to adopt the standards, but they have now become a normal part of everyday work life for most operations in California.
The Office of Compliance within the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is charged with addressing the agency’s enforcement and field programs. How much do you know about these programs and the FDA’s fresh produce sample collection assignments? What do you need to know and do? Join us for a Lunch and Learn webinar to broaden your knowledge base and to share your thoughts.
The Cal/OSH Standards Board published its proposal on August 8, starting a 45-day comment period that ends with a public hearing on Sept. 25 in San Diego. Your comments and thoughts are needed so that we can appropriately respond to the proposal.
Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform. Several standing committees featured guest speakers. Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee.