The United States Supreme Court has granted review in a case that will determine if the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA) regulation granting union organizers the right to enter private property to recruit employees constitutes an unconstitutional “taking” of private property under the Fifth Amendment. Under the “Access Rule,” farms must allow labor organizers onto their property three times a day for 120 days each year.

Jason Resnick

The use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is now commonplace technology in food regulatory agencies and has enhanced the ability of public health agencies to respond to risks associated with food pathogens as well as foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. On the other hand, the food industry is slowly uncovering WGS capabilities that can support food safety activities such as routine monitoring, root cause analysis or the assessment of quality and spoilage issues.

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Sonia Salas

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is poised to consider, and will likely approve, an emergency temporary standard on COVID-19 prevention at its meeting on Thursday November 19th. The proposal is a result of a petition that was filed by the nonprofit Worksafe and plaintiffs’ lawyers. Unfortunately, the tight timelines and process that the Standards Board decided to follow as part of the emergency rulemaking have not allowed for a transparent process whereby stakeholders can proactively engage on draft language.


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