The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is poised to consider, and will likely approve, an emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 prevention at its meeting on Thursday November 19th. The proposal is a result of a petition that was filed by the nonprofit Worksafe and plaintiffs’ lawyers. Unfortunately, the tight timelines and process that the Standards Board decided to follow as part of the emergency rulemaking have not allowed for a transparent process whereby stakeholders can proactively engage on draft language.

On September 30, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 973, which imposes new pay reporting requirements on certain employers. Employers in California with more than 100 full-time and part-time employees that are required to file employer information reports with the federal government (“EEO-1” reports) will be required to submit pay and hours-worked data to California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) by March 31, 2021, (and each March 31 thereafter).

Jason Resnick

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday announced a final rule updating the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) in the H-2A agricultural visa program. The new rule aims to improve the consistency of the AEWR and establish better stability and predictability for employers in complying with their wage obligations.

Among the key provisions of the final rule:

Cory Lunde

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed SB 1102, the H-2A bill authored by Senator Bill Monning. Western Growers thanks all of our members who responded to our Action Alerts and reached out to their legislators and Governor Newsom requesting that the bill be vetoed. Your collective outreach made a significant impact on the outcome of this bill.

Matthew Allen

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