Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers – defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees – can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.

Cory Lunde

Due to coronavirus-related market disruptions, many of our grower and shipper members have received requests from their buyers – largely in the foodservice sector – to extend payment terms beyond 30 days. Be advised that extending payment terms beyond 30 days BEFORE the initial 30-day payment period has expired will waive your PACA Trust rights. However, you may work out a separate arrangement with your buyer(s) AFTER the 30-day payment period has expired.

Bryan Nickerson

It can be overwhelming trying to sift through all of the information related to COVID-19 and what it means for your business. Western Growers has created a COVID-19 Resources Page as a one-stop-shop for timely information and industry-specific guidance, tailored specifically to the needs of the grower and handler community. Additionally, you’ll find the best resource of all: the contact info for our staff. From HR and legal to food safety and insurance, WG staff is available to you, any time, to answer your questions and field your concerns.

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