As we reported here, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and Wage and Hour Division posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to solicit public comment on proposed changes to improve the H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification program for the first time since 2010.

Jason Resnick

Recently, Western Growers' HR Learning and Development Manager Anna Bilderbach delivered Harassment Prevention training to WG members in Orange Cove, CA, including Sanger Citrus, Mulholland Citrus, and Booth Ranches. As previously reported in spotlight, on August 15, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 778, which updates the state’s sexual harassment training requirements.

With this new law, employers with five or more employees are required to provide the following:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new initiative to better understand the ecology of human pathogens in the environment in the Yuma agricultural region. The initiative – which will focus on how pathogens survive, move and possibly contaminate produce prior to harvest – will be implemented with support from the Arizona Department of Agriculture, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District and members of the Yuma area leafy greens industry.

Hank Giclas

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