Last year, two California Appellate court cases - Bluford v. Safeway Stores, Inc. and Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors – sent shockwaves through the agriculture industry when they ruled that employees who are compensated pursuant to a piece-rate system must be separately compensated for time when they are not “producing pieces,” including paid rest breaks.  Now agricultural employers throughout the state are scrambling to figure out exactly how to comply with these precedential court decisions.

Jason Resnick

Earlier this week, the Western Growers’ Executive Committee and Arizona board members joined forces in Phoenix for annual Leadership meetings.   The WG directors, joined by WG President and CEO Tom Nassif and key staff, met with legislators, candidates, administration officials, political strategists and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss the 2014 elections and what they could mean for the future of Arizona and the fresh produce industry.  Immigration reform was a key discussion topic in the meetings.  

 

AnnaMarie Knorr

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a medfly quarantine for the Central Los Angeles area after several pests were detected between March 3 and March 18.  Detections were found in traps between March 3 and March 12 and in backyard fruit on March 18.   The quarantine affects all growers, wholesalers, retailers and local residents in the 88-square mile quarantine zone near the University of Southern California.

 

Ken Gilliland

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