Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif made the following statements about Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of SB 25 and approval of AB 1897:

“Governor Brown made a sound decision in vetoing SB 25.  We are grateful that he saw the fundamental unfairness of this proposal.  When a state mediator imposes a union contract on an employer, as the Agricultural Labor Relations Act provides, the employer has very limited opportunity to obtain a stay of its provisions from the court pending an appeal.  This legislation would have raised the barrier so high that it would be practically impossible for any employer to ever obtain a stay.  This is fundamentally unfair.  By further removing the courts from the process, SB 25 sought to diminish the already limited accountability of the state mediator and the ALRB, and in so doing would have provided even more motivation to the union to run out the clock in good faith bargaining in order to get to Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation (MMC), more properly known as mandatory mediation and binding arbitration.

We thank Governor Brown for making another difficult, but wise decision in this area.”

Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif also issued this statement following the governor’s signing of AB 1897:

“We are very disappointed in the governor’s decision to approve AB 1897. This labor union- sponsored bill will unfairly impose significant liability onto an innocent third-party employer for violations of wage and other obligations of a labor contractor even though the third-party employer does not control the contractor. All employers should be ensuring a safe work environment, the payment of wages, and workers’ compensation for their employees, and California has in recent years strengthened these laws and increased enforcement to focus on bad actors.  Creating liability for innocent third-party employers is unnecessary and harmful to our state’s job climate.”

Dave Puglia

The school garden at Rolling Hills Elementary School in San Diego is thriving. The children, Principal Kathleen Marshack, and parent volunteers got a chance to show it off while demonstrating how fun it is to grow (and eat) your own food!  Some special gifts and attention were brought Tuesday by representatives from the Western Growers Foundation and the American Cancer Society. 

Paula Olson

The California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) has distributed a proposed regulation for the use of agricultural personnel transport carriers (PTCs).  PTCs have been used for many years to transport workers in operations involving the installation and removal of irrigation piping.  But their use came under scrutiny in 2012 when former Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Chief Ellen Widess required agricultural operations to apply for and obtain a variance permitting use of the carriers or face citations carrying steep fines for operating them without a variance.

Jason Resnick

The large employer pay or play mandate goes into effect January 1, 2015.  Are you ready to implement and manage your health care obligations for your company?  Determining things like who is a full-time employee under the law can get complicated, especially in the Ag industry. But the experts at Western Growers and Pinnacle Claims Management, Inc. are here to help. 

That’s why we are hosting a webinar so you can get the latest information about how to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as get you up to speed on new guidance regarding mandatory IRS reporting requirements.   

Join our webinar and learn how Pinnacle’s ACA Dashboard can help you track your employees to determine who is full-time in order to keep you compliant.

So SAVE THE DATE for a webinar on October 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. P.T. to hear about what’s coming next and to learn about a new tool to help you make sense of it all.

Stay tuned to Spotlight for registration information!

Jonathan Alexander


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