California's Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has updated its 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) FAQs  in an effort to address employer concerns about managing the newly enacted leave law.

Although many critical issues were initially addressed by the DIR in February 2022 when the new SPSL law took effect employers should review the updated FAQs to confirm compliance and proper processing of SPSL.

Teresa McQueen

On March 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation passed S. 3580, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. This bill aims to crack down on unreasonable practices by container shipping lines, bolster U.S. enforcement against uncompetitive carrier practices and improve transparency for exporters. The bill also works to ensure that carriers (e.g. container shipping lines) may not unreasonably decline to export cargo.

Western Growers has proactively worked to support OSRA and its progression through the House and Senate. 

Tracey Chow

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