In a recent ruling the Ninth Circuit (covering California and Arizona) upheld a motion to compel arbitration by a non-signatory to an arbitration agreement (Franklin v. Community Regional Medical Center, FKA, No. 19-17570 (9th Cir. 2021)). Franklin, a contract nurse employed by a staffing agency and assigned to Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC), filed a class and collective action against CRMC for state and federal wage and hour violations.

In the ongoing saga surrounding the Cal/OSHA COVID Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), the Cal/OSHA Standards Board called a special emergency meeting on June 9th to discuss potential new ETS rules. The Board stated that its purpose was for the Board to consider new information from the California Department of Public Health on pending guidance regarding face covering that will go into effect on June 15.

Western Growers recently signed onto a letter urging California Governor Newsom to issue an executive order to conform workplace regulations with the Centers for Disease Control and California Department of Public Health guidelines.

The letter stated that the suggested Executive Order should:

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Work Place Regulations

Labor shortages and work place regulations are critical issues for our industry and our employees.

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