The 2015 California Wage and Benefit Survey results are now available. The survey was conducted by the Farm Employers Labor Service (FELSSM), Western Growers and several other ag organizations and provides a reference for estimating pay rates, benefits and understanding compensation structures used by California agricultural firms. Fourteen on-the-farm jobs titles from supervisor to general laborer are included in the survey.

Jeff Janas

A recent decision by a United States District Court for the Southern District of New York confirms that undocumented workers are entitled to the same benefits as regular citizens under fair labor and New York Labor laws. The decision applies to a variety of work situations, including coverage under workers’ compensation laws and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the ruling, the fact that the worker may not be legally working in this country does not affect the benefits or protections available to those who are working legally. 

Jeff Janas

Western Growers Chairman Vic Smith will gavel to order the Orange County Board of Directors meeting tomorrow morning in Newport Beach. Committee meetings are scheduled all day on Wednesday and will include discussions on a variety of topics affecting the industry, including water, labor, food safety, agtech, legislative proposals, trade, and transportation issues. The full board will meet on Thursday to report on their respective discussions and to take up any items passed out of the committees.

Jeff Janas

Are state and federal issues affecting your ability to run your business? Do you have questions about immigration reform, labor and workplace regulations, water supply or food safety issues? How about on GMOs, health care, or agtech issues? Do you know what state legislators, members of Congress and the administration officials are saying on the topics that concern you?

Randy Hause

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