Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif was published in this morning’s edition of the Wall Street Journal.

In his op-ed titled, “Why Governors Need an Immigration Plan,” Nassif introduces a novel plan for achieving real movement on immigration reform: “Who can break the gridlock and establish genuine bipartisan consensus?

Who can get Congress to finally embrace a reasonable and defensible compromise on immigration? I believe the time has come to look to current and former state governors as potential arbiters of this crisis.”

Jeff Janas

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be considered exempt from overtime requirements (i.e., the so-called “white collar exemptions”).

Jeff Janas

The Department of Labor has just announced a change to their normal process for injury and illness data. Beginning in July of 2017, all companies with 250 or more employees will be required to report their injury and illness data directly to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency will then post this information online for access to anyone from the public. 

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