Western Growers is offering members a secret weapon in helping attract and retain the best employees in California and Arizona’s produce industry. For the past six years, the Western Growers HR Practices and Compensation Survey has collected data to provide members with crucial information needed to keep compensation competitive. And your participation this year is vital to building a more robust database.

Western Growers’ 7th Annual Professional Compensation and HR Practices Survey is now open! WG members can start inputting their data on the Survey website.

Data collected will help you attract and retain the best employees in in California and Arizona’s produce industry by providing you with data needed keep your compensation competitive. By participating in the surveys, you will receive these valuable results at no cost (a nearly $2,000 value!). Your participation also qualifies you for a chance to win a 16GB iPad Air® 2.

On April 11, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law that expands the state’s Paid Family Leave program allowing more Californians to care for an ill family member or bond with a new child. AB 908, sponsored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), increases wage replacements from the current level of 55 percent to either 60 or 70 percent, depending on the applicant’s income. This will enhance an individual’s ability to take up to six weeks off to attend to family matters. The law also eliminates the program’s previous one week waiting period for claims.


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