Over 10 days following its initial announcement that a hardware failure halted the processing of over 3000 H-2A visas nationwide, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to work on a fix to the biometric data transmission system used to process security checks. There has been no official word from the U.S. State Department or from DHS about when the problem will be fixed.
The first year of the 2015-2016 California legislative session has advanced beyond the June 5th deadline for bills to be voted out of their house of origin. Several key labor and employment bills that WG has been actively lobbying are updated below.
With above normal temperatures expected in California through next Monday, Cal/OSHA issued a high heat advisory to all employers reminding them to protect outdoor workers from the risks associated with heat illness. Temperatures in Southern California are expected to be 15-25 degrees above normal. Above average temperatures are also forecast for northern California.
Cal/OSHA and the United Farm Workers union have reached a settlement in the long-running lawsuit over heat illness enforcement. Under the terms of the agreement, Cal/OSHA has agreed to step up inspections during the heat season and target repeat offenders.
The agreement also expands the UFW’s role in reporting employers it suspects of violating existing rules, calls on the union to persuade workers to cooperate with inspectors, and gives UFW unprecedented access to confidential audits of Cal/OSHA’s performance.