The keynote presentation at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit, presented by Western Growers and OPN, will be moderated by WG President and CEO Dave Puglia and feature panelists Keith Barnard, Senior Vice President of Sales and Sourcing, Mission Produce; Bianca Kaprielian, CEO and Co-owner, Fruit World; Mike Valpredo, President and Co-founder, Country Sweet Produce.

“Next Gen: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Organic Leaders” will explore how these young leaders see the landscape of organic fresh produce today. OGS will take place December 1-2 in Monterey, Calif.

Ann Donahue

Advances in technology have created new concerns for workplace privacy. Automated systems, email and instant messaging technology have helped employers reduce operating costs and increase efficiency. These systems have also increased the employer’s risk when it comes to protecting information shared during the employment relationship.

With the COVID-19 threat unresolved, companies nationwide are on the horns of a dilemma on several fronts; decisions about how to return to work and whether to mandate employee vaccination are just the tip of the iceberg. New concerns about verifying the authenticity of vaccination cards are slowly edging their way to the top of a very slippery slope.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has replaced the old WH-530 form by publishing three new forms that Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) and some of their employees (FLCEs) will use to apply for initial or renewal FLC or FLCE Certificates of Registration, or to amend an existing Certificate of Registration. Those forms are WH-530, WH-535, and WH-540.

Jason Resnick

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