With the 90th Annual Meeting right around the corner, Western Growers wants to thank all of our sponsors for this year’s event. From our Platinum to our Supplier Sponsors, we appreciate your generous support! Without you, this fun and informative networking event could not take place! We would especially like to thank our Platinum and Gold Sponsors (see list below)!

We also would like to encourage our members to consider using our sponsors’ professional business products and services as an additional way of saying thank you for their support of our organization and industry.

The upcoming October issue of the WG&S magazine includes an article on sustainable agriculture that features two WG members -- The Nunes Company and Church Brothers -- and what each is doing to sell edible fresh produce items that were previously discarded or not harvested. Their innovative approaches to reducing food waste are stories worth telling, especially since they have the added benefit of being eco-friendly. 

Jeff Janas

Is your company prepared for the employer mandates that become effective in 2016 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? If not, you need to act fast in order to avoid IRS penalties. Don’t understand what’s expected? Western Growers can help.

Jeff Janas

On October 10th, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that provides certain employers of piece-rate employees, with a safe harbor against pending or potential class action lawsuits for uncompensated non-productive time (NPT) and rest and recovery periods. The bill, AB 1513, codifies Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors and Bluford v. Safeway -- effective January 1, 2016.  These cases require employers to pay piece-rate employees for rest and recovery periods (and all other periods of “nonproductive” time) separately from (and in addition to) their piece-rate compensation.

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