The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has revised the farm labor contractor (FLC) application form WH-530 and several other forms related to FLC registration with WHD.  The new forms WH-530, WH-514 and WH-514A, which have an expiration date of 8/31/2023, may be used immediately, but must be used for any application submitted on or after October 1, 2020. Farm labor contractors are advised to replace expiring forms with the new forms and to train staff involved in the FLC registration and vehicle inspection reporting processes to use the new forms.

Jason Resnick

Western Growers members are invited to attend the “COVID-19, Cal/OSHA, and Agriculture…What You Need to Know as an Employer” Webinar on August 27 to learn how to enhance worker health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cal/OSHA is reminding employers the importance of worker health and safety during this current pandemic. Although Cal/OSHA does not have specific regulations regarding COVID-19 for the industry, there are regulations employers must adhere to in order to ensure their workforces’ health and safety.

Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) headline a bipartisan letter to Vice President Mike Pence, as head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, requesting immediate assistance in securing safety equipment, including N-95 masks, for farmers and farmworkers impacted by the wildfire smoke.

“Such essential equipment will help protect those who continue to produce our agricultural products and contribute so much to our nation’s food security,” the letter states.

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