With the Southern California wildfires still raging, Cal/OSHA issued an advisory providing updated guidance to employers with outdoor workers who may be exposed to wildfire smoke.

The advisory states: When outdoor workers are exposed to air quality that is designated “Unhealthy”, “Very Unhealthy” or “Hazardous” by local air quality management districts, employers are required to provide filtering respirators such as masks labeled N95 and certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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Legislation has been passed that will affect employers in California, Arizona and Colorado. Below is a breakdown of how the minimum wage laws will affect all Western Growers members.


In 2016, SB 3 was signed to gradually increase the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022. Beginning January 1, 2018, employers with 26 or more employees will be required to pay non-overtime-exempt employees $11.00 per hour while businesses with 25 or fewer employees will have to pay their non-exempt employees $10.50 per hour.

The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act does not require an employer to pay out an employee’s unused earned paid sick time (PST) at the end of each year or at separation. Employers may choose to pay out unused earned PST at the end of the employer’s year or at separation.

However, an employer who elects to pay an employee for unused earned PST at the end of the employer’s year must comply with the requirements of Arizona Revised Statutes § 23-372(D)(4). That section of the statue requires the following:


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

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