On November 30, 2020, the California Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Office of Administrative Law approved a new Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19. The ETS became effective immediately and applies, with limited exception, to all California employers. Those exempt from ETS compliance are: 1) single-employee employers who do not have contact with others; (2) employees who are working from home; and (3) employees who are already covered under Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standards.

Jason Resnick

On January 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a webinar to provide updates on COVID-19 vaccine implementation for food and agriculture essential workers. The webinar will also cover vaccine safety and confidence as well as recommendations for vaccine prioritization.


Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm PT


Sonia Salas

On Jan. 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that would modernize the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Program. This combined agency effort between DOL, the State Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been a long time coming and comes on the eve of a presidential transition. However, as this final rule comes at the transition of administrations, chances of implementation as written are extremely slim.

Jason Resnick


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