The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA), in conjunction with co-sponsoring organizations that includes Western Growers, recently began a series of courses for agricultural human resources professionals.  Graduates of the course will earn a prestigious Human Resources Professional in Agriculture (HRPA) designation.  

Western Growers Senior Vice President Karen Timmins helped kick-off the series in Oxnard in June by leading a class on Managing Employee Compensation.  Karen will also lead a second class on September 10.

Karen Timmins

The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA), in conjunction with co-sponsoring organizations that includes Western Growers, recently began a series of courses for agricultural human resources professionals.  Graduates of the course will earn a prestigious Human Resources Professional in Agriculture (HRPA) designation.  

Western Growers Senior Vice President Karen Timmins helped kick-off the series in Oxnard in June by leading a class on Managing Employee Compensation.  Karen will also lead a second class on September 10.

Karen Timmins

In an employment case with significant implications for production agriculture, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that falsely documented employees may successfully sue their employers for back wages under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The Court held that the state Fair Employment and Housing Act is generally not preempted by federal immigration law, but that federal preemption does bar an award for lost pay damages under the FEHA for any period of time after an employer discovers the employee is ineligible under federal law to work in the United States.  However, falsely documented employees may still pursue and recover damages against the employer, including post-termination back pay for the period when the employee was not authorized to work and did not actually perform work until the fraud was discovered. 

 

Jason Resnick

The California Legislature concluded a busy week as members raced to advance bills before the deadline to pass bills out of policy committees. In spite of heavy opposition from Western Growers and a large coalition of state business interests, two notable labor union-sponsored bills advanced through Senate policy committees and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in August.

Matthew Allen

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