Last week, the Executive Committee of the Western Growers Board of Directors met with members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives during the annual D.C. fly-in.

The Executive Committee met with nearly 20 senators, representatives and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials over the course of three days. Legislators were from California, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Arkansas.

Tracey Chow

From January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, California requires employers with 26 or more employees to provide their workers up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for COVID-19 related reasons. Employers must provide this paid time off for employees who need to stay home due to COVID-19 illness or exposure, caring for a family member, a COVID-19 test or vaccine, recovering from side effects, and more.

In a July 2021 ruling, California’s Labor Commissioner levied $448,000 worth of fines against three El Super grocery stores for violations of California’s COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) laws. After receiving complaints from El Super employees and a referral from the worker’s labor union, an investigation was launched by the Division of Labor Standards (DLSE) resulting in substantial fines.

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