Western Growers’ fully revised and updated Personnel Procedures Manual covers everything you need to know to stay in compliance with California’s and Arizona’s complex and ever-changing rules, laws, and regulations in the agricultural industry —including the information you'll need to be in compliance in 2015.
Today, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released the final version of the updated mitigation measures for chloropicrin. DPR’s new control measures include changes to buffer zones, buffer zone credits, approved tarps, and emergency response and preparedness.
If your company is not ready for the new ACA reporting requirements that go into effect in a few weeks, you still have time to catch up. Check out this webinar about the latest in health care reform and the dashboard tool you can use to make compliance easier.
On December 19, 2014, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2015 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal non-immigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services. Western Growers issued an email e-blast to members on Friday, Dec. 19th on this issue.
The government funding bill currently before Congress has revived a long-running debate over how many hours truck drivers can spend on the road. Lawmakers included language in the $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill that blocks U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations implemented in 2013 designed to relax driver scheduling regulations and prevent driver fatigue.
Now that President Obama has laid out his plan to use executive actions to alter the way current immigration laws are enforced, Ag employers are considering the impacts on their workforce. Most details are not yet available, but it appears that many of the changes that could impact the industry may take months. One thing is certain: the president is not enacting any special policies or regulations to help agriculture as he is doing for businesses that hire high-skilled workers.