The black fig fly (BFF), an invasive insect typically found in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, was recently discovered infesting figs in multiple counties in southern California. The BFF has been detected in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura.

The BFF only attacks figs and prefers unripe and unfertilized fruits. The movement of figs from these counties is not recommended, as it may lead to additional artificial spread of BFF to other areas of the state.

De Ann Davis

COVID-19 and its Delta variant continue to wreak havoc in the workplace. A continually changing landscape of guidelines, mandates, and federal emergency temporary standards (EST) make it increasingly difficult to stay abreast of the private employer’s increasing responsibilities. With more and more private employers implementing – or considering implementing – vaccination mandates, it is important to remember the employer’s duty to safeguard employee medical information.

A new directive from the White House has the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tasked with implementing a new emergency rule mandating that employers with 100+ employees require their workforce to be vaccinated or require unvaccinated employees to produce negative COVID-19 tests on a weekly basis. Building on earlier vaccination-related mandates – requiring all federal workers to be vaccinated and initiating mandatory vaccinations for employees of federal contractors – President Biden continues to push forward his pandemic recovery battle plan.

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