Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is of high interest for the produce industry because it can drive produce safety enhancements. In order to assist the fresh produce industry in root cause analysis decision making and implementation, Western Growers, in collaboration with other leading produce industry associations, developed and published two RCA industry guidance documents.

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Fair chance or Ban-the-Box laws restrict an employer from asking about an applicant’s criminal background history in the early stages of the hiring process. And while there is no federal Ban the Box law that applies to private sector employers, the EEOC and the Arizona Civil Rights Division prohibit employers from asking an applicant about an arrest record absent a compelling reason to do so.

An increase in COVID-19 cases across the nation has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend everyone – including fully vaccinated individuals – once again wear masks in indoor public settings where transmissions are considered “substantial” or “high.” To determine your regions level of community transmission (state/county or metro areas) checkout the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker.


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