Along with a New Year comes a crucial time of the year to be reminded of leafy greens (iceberg and romaine) exposure to possible freeze conditions in the field. Just last week, USDA Market News reported start of daily harvest curtailed by ice in the fields in the desert southwest lettuce growing regions. The low temperature readings could very well result in field-freeze damage to iceberg, romaine lettuce and other leafy greens.

Bryan Nickerson

California’s SB 3 requires an increase in minimum wage each year between 2017 and 2022, until the minimum wage reaches $15 an hour. As of January 1, 2019, California’s minimum wage has gone up from $11 per hour to $12 for employers with 26 or more employees. For employers with 25 employees or fewer, the minimum wage has gone up from $10.50 to $11.00 per hour. This, in turn, will raise the California exempt employee minimum salary requirement to $49,920 for large employers, and $45,760 for small employers (25 employees or fewer).

AnnaMarie Knorr

On December 26, 2018, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2019 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs). This notice applies to the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

Jason Resnick

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