Cal/OSHA issued an advisory recently to remind employers to take extra precautions to protect their workers from the dangers of wildfire smoke. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can cause health problems. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

A period of extreme heat is expected across Central and Southern California beginning on Friday. It is times like these that Cal/OSHA reminds employers to take the necessary steps to ensure their employees are protected during record-breaking heat waves. Extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in the country so preventing heat-related illnesses is crucial.

Here are some recommendations for employers:

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has issued citations to a large farm labor contracting operation for failing to timely provide farmworkers with their final paychecks. The Labor Commissioner alleges that Vista Santa Rosa Inc., which operates in the Coachella Valley, regularly waited at least three days to pay 1,374 seasonal farmworkers their final paychecks, instead of on the last day of work, as required by law.

In a unanimous 138-page opinion issued on May 30, 2018, the Fifth District Court of Appeal vacated the Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s (ALRB) decision to dismiss the decertification petition and set aside the election of Gerawan Farming Inc.’s workers and directed the Board to tally the workers’ ballots that it ordered impounded over four years ago.

Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif praised the court’s decision.

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