The Western Growers 2016 HR Practices and Compensation Survey is now closed and the final results will be available for purchase in late September. As a special thank you for contributing to the 2016 survey, Western Growers randomly selected one participant to receive a 16 GB iPad Air2. The winner is Veronica Luna of Rancho Guadalupe in Santa Maria, Calif.

Last week, a federal district judge in Sacramento dismissed a lawsuit brought by Gerawan Farming, Inc. and Fowler Packing Co. challenging “safe harbor” provisions that were part of piece-rate legislation (AB 1513) passed last year. Both companies were specifically excluded from taking advantage of provisions which provide an affirmative defense from claims for uncompensated or undercompensated nonproductive time and break periods.

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