As wildfires continue to run rampant in California, numerous state agencies are on-hand to support employers in implementing enhanced workplace safety measures. It is important to remember that wildfire smoke and subsequent cleanup efforts present unique workplace hazards for agricultural workers.

The Employment Development Department recently developed this one-sheet to guide agricultural employers in wildfire preparation for their workers.

Many employers find it worthwhile to check the references, job history, personal character, criminal conviction history or credit history of an individual prior to making the decision to hire or promote.

This can be done through an in-house investigation using public records or by an outside third-party consumer reporting agency (CRA). Initiating background checks and calling an applicant’s referencesare typical screening methods. However, if not performed in accordance with state and federal lawsthey can expose an employer to legal and financial risk.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Natalie Palugyai as Secretary of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). A daughter of immigrants and an immigrant herself, she is the first Latina to be appointed Secretary of Labor. Palugyai comes from Johns Hopkins University, where she has served as senior advisor for strategic initiatives since 2018. She has previously held senior-level roles in the U.S. General Services Administration and DOL. Former LWDA Secretary Julie Su was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Secretary of Labor at the U.S.

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