On May 12, 2022 Governor Newsom announced that “California’s minimum wage is projected to increase to $15.50 per hour for all workers on January 1, 2023.” This increase comes in response to a provision in the state’s existing minimum wage law that allows for an accelerated increase in the minimum wage when inflation in the state exceeds 7 percent.

The Governor’s office cites the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, persistent supply chain disruptions and labor market frictions as the reasons for the state’s 40 year inflation rate highpoint.

Teresa McQueen

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced an extension of existing Form I-9 flexibilities. Initial flexibilities were announced in March 2020 and later updated March 2021. Due to ongoing safety precautions related to COVID-19, DHS is extending current flexibilities until October 31, 2022.

Verdant Robotics Co-Founders CEO Gabe Sibley and COO Curtis Garner return to Voices of the Valley to continue their discussion on how they make sure their company focuses on creating agricultural solutions - instead of just showing off shiny robots.

The duo envision a future where farmers and technologists work in tandem to turn fieldworkers into data workers, bridging the perpetual gap in the labor force by mechanization and teaching valuable skillsets to current employees.

Ann Donahue


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