Piece-rate compensation plans have been used for decades in agriculture to incentive harvest employees to be more productive – the more they pick, the more money they earn.  Federal courts have long upheld such plans as long as the average wage earned is greater than the minimum wage rate.  The California Labor Commissioner generally agreed with federal precedent.  However, a series of recent state and federal court decisions interpreting California wage laws have put the validity of such compensation plans in doubt.

Jason Resnick

In a startling and rare development, legislation sponsored by the United Farm Workers failed passage in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee yesterday afternoon. WG and other industry groups have strongly opposed the bill.

Matthew Allen

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of Northern through Central California with temperatures expected to range from 100-112 degrees in some areas by the end of the week. Since Cal OSHA closely monitors heat advisories from the NWS, it may initiate a number of inspections of companies to verify that they are compliant with state regulations regarding heat illness. 

Greg Nelson

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