Employers in every Western Growers-represented state should begin preparing now to pay higher minimum wage and H-2A wage rates beginning next year.

California

On January 1, 2020, the California minimum wage is set to increase to $13.00 per hour, up from $12 per hour, for employers with 26 or more employees. The rate will rise to $12 for employers with 25 employees or fewer.  By 2023, the minimum wage will go up to $15 statewide, regardless of how many employees a company has.

Yesterday, Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Dan Newhouse introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which addresses two critical needs for American agriculture: to retain existing, experienced workers and to ensure a reliable future flow of guest workers. Western Growers Executive Vice President Dave Puglia attended the introduction of the bill in Washington, D.C., along with a host of other stakeholders who played a key role in developing the agreement.  

Stephanie Metzinger

Cal/OSHA prompts all employers to take the necessary steps to protect workers from harmful exposure to unhealthy air quality due to wildfire smoke. As previously reported in Spotlight, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Protection from Wildfire Smoke regulation, which requires California employers to protect their employees from possible harm created by wildfire smoke.

Requirements for Employers

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Work Place Regulations

Labor shortages and work place regulations are critical issues for our industry and our employees.

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