With the COVID-19 threat unresolved, companies nationwide are on the horns of a dilemma on several fronts; decisions about how to return to work and whether to mandate employee vaccination are just the tip of the iceberg. New concerns about verifying the authenticity of vaccination cards are slowly edging their way to the top of a very slippery slope.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has replaced the old WH-530 form by publishing three new forms that Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) and some of their employees (FLCEs) will use to apply for initial or renewal FLC or FLCE Certificates of Registration, or to amend an existing Certificate of Registration. Those forms are WH-530, WH-535, and WH-540.

Jason Resnick

IRVINE, Calif. (October 28, 2021) – Out of more than 100 applicants, five agtech start-up companies have been selected to go head-to-head in the Western Growers/S2G Ventures 2021 AgSharks® Competition to win a $250,000 minimum investment and potential access to farm acreage to pilot their technologies. These startups, which are all developing systems and technologies that promote a more healthy and sustainable food and agriculture system, will pitch their inventions to a panel of AgSharks Judges in front of 400 fresh produce farmers and industry leaders during the WG Annual Meeting in San Diego on November 9, 2021.

Stephanie Metzinger

On October 27, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on “Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings.” 

The ANPRM provides information on heat stress in both indoor and outdoor workplaces and shares prevention measures. Importantly, OSHA seeks public comment on heat stress in the workplace as well as suggestions for prevention of heat-related injury and illness.

Jonathan Sarager

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