On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification will host a webinar to educate stakeholders, program users, and other interested members of the public on recent program workload trends, common deficiencies and best practices associated with employer requests for H-2A applications for temporary labor certification.

The objective for the webinar will be to provide technical assistance to employers and, if applicable, their authorized attorneys or agents that will improve the quality of applications submitted to the OFLC by:

Jeff Janas

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced today that it will return to the practice of issuing opinion letters to provide guidance to employers and employees on questions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

After 70 years, the DOL stopped issuing opinion letters in 2010 in favor of issuing more broad policy statements known as “Administrator’s Interpretations” – two of which were recently withdrawn.

The Labor Commissioner's Office at the California Department of Industrial Relations is offering free licensing and application assistance workshops to current or prospective farm labor contractors on Friday, June 30 in Oakland. Free workshops are held every Friday in Fresno. 

Staff from the Labor Commissioner's Office will be available for one-on-one assistance for first-time applicants, license renewals and any other questions or concerns related to farm labor contractor licensing. Laptops will be provided for application submissions and online exams.

Jeff Janas

Western Growers and AgSafe are hosting a series of two-day workshops in July to assist fresh produce companies in meeting training requirements under the final FDA produce safety rule, “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”

During the first day, participants will have the opportunity to take the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Growers Training Course. During the second day, they will have the option to receive bilingual training on how to implement the FDA’s produce rule.

Stephanie Metzinger

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