Recently, a handful of law firms representing plaintiffs began targeting California-based large grower-shippers and farm labor contractors with class action lawsuits alleging failure to pay piece-rate employees for non-productive time (NPT) and break periods. These lawsuits generally allege that employers failed to pay agricultural employees for all hours worked; failed to pay in a timely manner; failed to pay all wages owed to employees who were terminated; and failed to provide an itemized wage statement or keep accurate pay records. In addition, these lawsuits often include causes of action for failure to authorize or permit mandated rest breaks or meal periods and other wage and hour claims.

Jason Resnick

The application deadline for the new federal government strawberry crop insurance program is two weeks from today for Ventura, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.  This program now provides coverage for loss of revenue due to market fluctuations and has other significant improvements.

Greg Nelson

Ever wonder how Global Food Safety Initiative Audits (GFSI) work? Join us on Thursday, September 25th for a webinar that   provides three different perspectives of how the audits work. A GFSI representative will discuss current processes and recognition efforts related to government and industry audits. A buyer will explain the different approaches used to approve suppliers, including the use of GFSI audits. Finally, a producer will share experiences related to the use of GFSI and other audits.

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