On Monday, March 23rd, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order stating that no Arizona county or city “may make or issue any order, rule or regulation that restricts or prohibits any person from performing any function” designated as an essential function.

The order defines an essential function as one that “promotes the public health, safety and welfare of the state or assists other in fulfilling such functions.”

Cory Lunde

On March 20th, WG President and CEO Dave Puglia issued a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom requesting a formal pause on new regulations impacting the state’s agriculture industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the letter, Puglia requests that Governor Newsom initiate a formal pause “for all open public comment periods concerning both active rulemakings and non-rulemaking (e.g., informal stakeholder) processes that affect agriculture.”

Cory Lunde

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers – defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees – can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.

Cory Lunde

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