The Treasury Department announced today more changes to the large employer mandate.  The mandate requires employers with 50 or more full time equivalent employees (“employees”) to offer health benefits to full-time employees or face potential tax penalties (smaller employers are not subject to the mandate). The mandate was set to begin January 1, 2014.  The Obama Administration previously delayed the mandate in the summer of 2013 until 2015.

Jonathan Alexander

Western Growers is once again participating in the annual California Wage and Benefit Survey conducted by Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS®). The survey provides a market reference for growers making wage and benefit decisions for 14 on-the-farm jobs including: supervisors and foremen; mechanics; equipment operators and tractor drivers; irrigators; and general laborers.

Jason Resnick

Today, the United States Senate voted 68 to 32 passing the long-awaited new Farm Bill (the Agricultural Act of 2014) which is a significant advance for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.  Of the 32 senators who voted against it, 23 were Republicans and nine were Democrats. The bill now goes to the White House.  President Obama is expected to sign it into law this Friday in Michigan, the home state of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow.

Dennis Nuxoll

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