As summer temperatures start to climb employers are encouraged to review and comply with Cal/OSHA heat illness standards for all outdoor places of employment. Heat illness is defined under California law as, “a serious medical condition resulting from the body's inability to cope with a particular heat load, and includes heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat syncope and heat stroke.”

Heat Illness Prevention Procedures:
Agricultural employers are specifically required to comply with high-heat procedures by taking the following four steps:

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California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program – offered through the California Employment Development Department (EDD) – allows California workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child (through birth, adoption, or foster care) or to care for a seriously ill family member. PFL provides eligible employees with up to 8 weeks of wage replacement benefits when an employee is off work for certain qualifying reasons regardless of business size.

Teresa McQueen

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Wednesday announced the Fall 2022 import requirements for U.S. romaine lettuce.

The requirements are the same as Fall 2021, but the enforcement timeframe has shifted slightly. The 2022 requirements now come into effect on Sept. 28, 2022 and will end Dec. 22, 2022. Pre-harvest sampling and testing will be permitted again in 2022.

Sonia Salas

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