The California Department of Industrial Relations released a Frequently Asked Questions guidance document to address specific questions relating to SB 3, the new minimum wage law that takes effect on January 1, 2017.

The FAQs include information about what minimum wage rate applies to your workplace (as it relates to the number of employees), the schedule for the new state minimum wage increases and more. The FAQ guidance can be found here.

Stephanie Metzinger

Tomorrow, December 23, 2016, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2017 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs). This notice applies to the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

Jeff Janas

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion reinstating Fowler Packing Company’s and Gerawan Farming, Inc.’s lawsuit alleging that the Legislature denied them equal protection by intentionally targeting and excluding them from the AB 1513 piece-rate law safe harbor in order to win support for the bill from the United Farm Workers union.

Western Growers filed an amicus (“friend-of-the-court”) brief supporting Fowler and Gerawan’s appeal. 

Jeff Janas

Please join the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) for the 37th Annual Forum, January 25 - 27, 2017, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. 

WG Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick will launch this three-day annual conference by leading a comprehensive session on the H-2A process. His session on Wednesday, January 25, will compliment participant-driven HR and Safety roundtables that are expected to provide stimulating discussions on current issues.

Keynote speakers include:

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