On June 25, 2021, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law SB21-087, a bill that includes a host of sweeping agriculture labor law reforms. 

Styled by sponsors Senators Jessie Danielson and Dominick Moreno as establishing an “Agricultural Workers’ Bill of Rights,” the new law provides overtime and meal and rest periods for agricultural employees. It also prohibits the use of the short-handled hoe – an implement that has been banned in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) now offers temporary special permits that increase the maximum overweight total up to 88,000 pounds for transportation of certain agricultural products. The permit applies only to overweight trucks hauling the following agricultural products: tomatoes, peaches, pears, grapes, onions, carrots, citrus, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, olives, pomegranates, rice, wheat, corn, safflower and potatoes.

Matthew Allen

New look, same great functions.

Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) portal login pages are getting a refreshed look! Starting July 1, 2021, when you visit WGAT Portal sites HealthView for employees, WERC for employers and OPIS for providers, you will see a fresh new look for the login pages. No changes were made to the user navigation or functionality inside these portals, so you can sign into your WGAT account as usual and without interruption.

David Zanze

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