On September 10, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522 which provides workers with three paid sick days per year. The new law, entitled the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked starting on July 1, 2015.  The law contains no exemption for agricultural, seasonal, temporary or part-time employees.

Jason Resnick

Western Growers, and a coalition of 30 agriculture organizations, are asking Governor Jerry Brown to veto recently passed groundwater legislation.  As Spotlight previously reported, in the final hours before it concluded its business for the year, the California Legislature approved three measures that make up a package of groundwater regulation legislation.  AB 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento), SB 1168 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and SB 1319 (Pavley) all passed with small margins as members from both parties objected to the complex content of the bills as well as the rush to pass them.

Dave Puglia

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