On April 11, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law that expands the state’s Paid Family Leave program allowing more Californians to care for an ill family member or bond with a new child. AB 908, sponsored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), increases wage replacements from the current level of 55 percent to either 60 or 70 percent, depending on the applicant’s income. This will enhance an individual’s ability to take up to six weeks off to attend to family matters. The law also eliminates the program’s previous one week waiting period for claims.

Unfortunately, there is the rare Shipper, Freezer or Marketing Agent that goes out of business owing money to growers. Growers can avail themselves to the protections of the PACA Trust; however, in order for a grower to fully benefit under the PACA Trust, they must file a PACA Trust notice within a specific timeframe.     

There are two methods to file PACA Trust notices:  


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