The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a notice announcing this year’s Allowable Charges for H-2A workers. The notice establishes the allowable charges that H-2A employers may charge their workers when the employer provides three meals a day and the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim in 2016. When an H-2A employer provides meals, the job offer must state the charge, if any, to the worker for such meals. For 2016, the maximum allowable meal charge is $12.09 per day unless the DOL approves a higher charge.

The FDA’s Preventive Control Rule went into effect November 16, 2015, as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

This new rule makes current Good Manufacturing Practices mandatory and establishes new standards for Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for human food. Some companies will need to be in compliance as soon as September 19, 2016, and qualified facilities must already retain documentation to support their status.

Stephanie Metzinger

Later this spring, the Supreme Court will be taking up U.S. v. Texas, and the court’s decision in this case will determine whether the Obama Administration’s expanded deferred action program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA),  is allowed to proceed or not. A number of groups across the country and in California are preparing to file amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs urging the court to allow the DAPA program to proceed.

Jeff Janas

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