The upcoming October issue of the WG&S magazine includes an article on sustainable agriculture that features two WG members -- The Nunes Company and Church Brothers -- and what each is doing to sell edible fresh produce items that were previously discarded or not harvested. Their innovative approaches to reducing food waste are stories worth telling, especially since they have the added benefit of being eco-friendly. 

Jeff Janas

Is your company prepared for the employer mandates that become effective in 2016 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? If not, you need to act fast in order to avoid IRS penalties. Don’t understand what’s expected? Western Growers can help.

Jeff Janas

On October 10th, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that provides certain employers of piece-rate employees, with a safe harbor against pending or potential class action lawsuits for uncompensated non-productive time (NPT) and rest and recovery periods. The bill, AB 1513, codifies Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors and Bluford v. Safeway -- effective January 1, 2016.  These cases require employers to pay piece-rate employees for rest and recovery periods (and all other periods of “nonproductive” time) separately from (and in addition to) their piece-rate compensation.

As reported in The Packer and other industry outlets, Ocean Mist Farms announced that Joe Pezzini will succeed Ed Boutonnet as president and CEO of the Castroville-based grower-shipper. The leadership transition will take place over the next year. Pezzini joined Ocean Mist in 1983, was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2001, and became the company’s Chief Operating Officer in 2009.

Jeff Janas

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