Sexual Harassment is not to be taken lightly.  Sacramento’s Mercy General Hospital learned this the hard way when a 2012 federal court jury awarded a former Physician’s Assistant with $168,000,000 -- yes that’s $168 million dollars.  At the time, it was the largest sum to be awarded to a single plaintiff in an employment case.  The plaintiff claimed to have submitted at least 18 formal workplace complaints during her two year employment with the hospital.

Adriana Robles

In addition to its drought web page which was announced last week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is teaming with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to hold information sessions for farmers on various drought resources that are available to them. According to a press release issued February 12, the sessions will be held throughout the state and will provide information on a variety of state and federal programs.   Information sessions are scheduled to run through February 26.     


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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posted its interim final rule regarding the handling of retaliation complaints under the whistleblower provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Section 402 of the FSMA, which applies to an “entity engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food” protects workers who report or testify about food safety concerns against retaliation and ensures food safety concerns raised by employees are taken seriously.      

Jason Resnick


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