On April 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended its determination that a public emergency still exists due to COVID-19. As a result, the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA) requirement to supplement employees’ regular paid sick leave relevant to a public health emergency will also remain in effect; at least until August 13, 2022. In accordance with the HFWA, supplemental paid sick leave will continue “until four weeks after the official termination or suspension of the public health emergency” by HHS.

Teresa McQueen

The first edition of FIRA USA, the cutting-edge agtech robotics conference, will be held from Oct. 18-20, 2022 in Fresno, and Western Growers members are eligible for a 15% discount on registration through the end of June.

Co-sponsored by GOFAR-FIRA, the University of California and Western Growers, FIRA USA 2022 is a unique event dedicated to robotics, autonomous systems and technologies for farming. Specialty crop growers will discover state-of-art innovations to tackle labor shortages and environmental issues.

Ann Donahue


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