Western Growers is once again participating in the annual California Wage and Benefit Survey conducted by Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS®). The survey provides a market reference for growers making wage and benefit decisions for 15 on-the-farm jobs including: supervisors and foremen; mechanics; equipment operators and tractor drivers; irrigators and general laborers. We encourage all Western Growers Regular Members to participate since the more data that is included, the more reliable the survey results.

Jason Resnick

The FDA released the Produce Rule Jan. 4. Now, Western Growers members will have the opportunity to have questions answered regarding the mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce for human consumption. The proposed rule is one of five proposed rulemakings that would lay the cornerstone of the prevention-based, modern food safety system.

Hank Giclas

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Shared Responsibility for Employers Regarding Health Coverage (the Employer Mandate) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The NPRM largely incorporates previously released guidance on the subject and employers may rely on the proposed regulations until final regulations are issued. The Employer Mandate requirements take effect on January 1, 2014.

Jonathan Alexander

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