The “Western Growers 2020 Year in Review” publication highlights all we have accomplished together this past year. The Year in Review is now available here.

WG Chairman Ryan Talley and WG President/CEO Dave Puglia open the Year in Review with a note reflecting on the collective accomplishments of our industry: 

“In last year’s pre-pandemic annual review, we focused on the theme of embracing change. Little did we know how prophetic those words would be in 2020.

Paul Schmidt

The California Legislature is currently in peak season as the Assembly and Senate rush to complete consideration of bills that were introduced in their respective houses. As a general rule, bills have to move out of their house of origin by June 4th in order for them to survive and continue through the legislative process. WG is actively lobbying many of these bills that affect the environment, labor, and water. Two bills that we are heavily opposing are AB 616 and AB 857.

Matthew Allen

June 1, 2021 marks the start of Santa Clara County’s new vaccination tracking mandate. A May 18, 2021 Order of the Santa Clara County Health Officer requires businesses to comply with specific safety measures, focused on COVID-19 case reporting, vaccination and the use of face coverings indoors. Taking seriously its intent to protect the community and increase vaccination rates to reduce transmission of COVID-19 long-term, the Order provides for fines, imprisonment or both for those failing to comply.

Eager for your workers to get vaccinated and return to the workplace? You are not alone. As employers explore options for returning employees to the workplace, questions linger about how to track who has – and who has not – been vaccinated. Employers need to be mindful of how they ask for vaccination-related information and what they do with the information once it has been provided.


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