California’s SB 3 requires an increase in minimum wage each year between 2017 and 2022, until the minimum wage reaches $15 an hour. As of January 1, 2019, California’s minimum wage has gone up from $11 per hour to $12 for employers with 26 or more employees. For employers with 25 employees or fewer, the minimum wage has gone up from $10.50 to $11.00 per hour. This, in turn, will raise the California exempt employee minimum salary requirement to $49,920 for large employers, and $45,760 for small employers (25 employees or fewer).

AnnaMarie Knorr

On December 26, 2018, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2019 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs). This notice applies to the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

Jason Resnick

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) recently released its 2017 Pesticide Residues in Fresh Produce Report. Through the survey, the CDPR discovered 96 percent of samples had either no detectable pesticide residues or the residue levels were considered within tolerances established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Matt McInerney

Western Growers has hired Matt Jones who will be serving as the Industry Relations Manager. Jones will be based in Fresno, California. As Industry Relations Manager, Jones is now the point of contact for both our Central Valley members as well as prospective members. He is responsible for providing Western Growers’ resources and solutions to members in order to support their interest and needs. 

Kim Sherman

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