After months of negotiations, the House and Senate passed the budget for the federal government yesterday. Attached to the government spending package were several dozen smaller bills, with the text of the legislation totaling nearly 5,600 pages.

Below are the significant items that will most affect Western Growers members:

Dennis Nuxoll

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the HEROES Act, or CARES Act 2.0. The Senate will reportedly wait to take up any potential legislative package offering additional COVID-19 relief funds.

While the HEROES Act addresses a wide range of issues spanning 1800 pages of text, the following provisions are relevant to WG members and the agriculture industry:

Agriculture Provisions

Matthew Allen

In its fact sheet, Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting, FEMA provides guidance on acquiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the current national shortage.

According to the guidance, if after minimizing the need for PPE through preservation strategies described in the fact sheet, PPE is still required by essential critical infrastructure workers to perform their duties, organizations should:

Cory Lunde

The Calif. Department of Industry Relations (DIR) has released a useful side by side comparison of the various state and federal COVID-19 paid leave rules, including CA Paid Family Leave, CA Paid Sick Leave, CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers, FFCRA Emergency Paid Sick Leave, and FFCRA Emergency Paid Family and Medical Leave.

Covered in the comparison are the following topics:

Jason Resnick

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