Last Friday, WG, in partnership with alliantgroup Washington insiders, presented a webinar on The CARES Act featuring Mike Johanns, former Secretary of Agriculture; Rick Lazio, former Congressman; and Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.

The panel of presenters covered updates to the CARES Act, including the replenishment of PPP, and its impact on the agriculture industry. In addition, the presentation provided a review of the existing tax relief incentives that growers and processors are eligible to benefit from as agricultural businesses.

CDFA has updated their list of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) vendors, which was created to connect industry growers, packers, storage facilities, and other agricultural entities with suppliers. To the extent they can, CDFA is verifying the vendor on a surface level. However, because CDFA cannot fully vet the vendors, the buyer has an obligation to do their own vetting.

Click here to access the updated list of PPE suppliers.

California employers are required to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees from all worksite hazards, including infectious diseases. Cal/OSHA has now released guidance for agricultural employers on how to update their IIPPs to include preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance does not introduce any new legal obligations, but because COVID-19 is widespread in the community, most California workplaces must consider the disease a workplace hazard.

Cory Lunde

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