As a result of AB 2337 being signed into law on September 14, 2016, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office has issued guidance outlining the notification process and rights of employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

AB 2337 requires ALL California employers to provide new employees -- and other employees who request it -- with written notice of their right to take time off from work without retaliation in these instances. This new requirement is effective immediately.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have developed a real-time heat index app that helps employers and employees plan work around the heat. The app gives users hourly heat forecasts for individual locations and also provides safety and health recommendations on preventing heat illness. 

The app could be especially useful to employers and farmworkers in California and Arizona who have been experiencing extreme heat conditions over the last couple of weeks.

This week, after receiving the bill from the California Assembly, the Senate Industrial Relations and Labor Committee advanced AB 450, legislation that puts private employers in a no-win situation between federal immigration enforcement and state enforcement by punishing employers who voluntarily comply with federal authorities. As has been previously communicated, Western Growers is part of a large coalition opposed to the bill. The bill will be considered next in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Jeff Janas

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