Mark Woo-Sam, 46, has been appointed acting general counsel of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board effective July 1. The appointment follows the announcement that embattled ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen has taken a position as Special Counsel to Governor Brown.
Effective July 1, 2015, amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) have gone into effect which increase an employer’s duties and rights under the CFRA and clarify the regulations. Many of the changes are aimed at more closely aligning the CFRA with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which should make compliance with both sets of regulations simpler for California employers.
Yesterday, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued a Section 24C Special Local Need registration for the use of sulfoxaflor on leafy vegetables and Brassica (cole) crops. Sulfoxaflor (brand name: Sequoia) is part of a new category of insecticides by Dow AgroSciences called sulfoximines and has a unique mode of action. Sequoia™ targets sap feeding insects and may be an ideal addition to Integrated Pest Management programs because of its fast acting control and demonstrated lack of cross resistance.