Although they are cutting it a little close, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury (the "Departments") have given us all a gift for the holidays: The Departments announced today that they are offering enforcement relief in connection with the Prescription Drug Data Collection (RxDC) Reporting mandate. For those who have been struggling to meet the December 27 compliance deadline – particularly those with self-funded plans – this is very good news, and may make your holiday season feel a bit more merry and bright.

The California Equal Pay Act prohibits an employer from paying its employees less than that of the opposite sex for equal work. Equal Pay Act mandates were strengthened with the signing of the California Fair Pay Act (SB 1162) which, starting January 1, 2023, will require employers to disclose additional pay data, provide pay ranges for posted positions and increase pay transparency for applicants and employees.

“Food is culture. Culture is people. People are stories.” So says Ashley Swearengin, the CEO of the Central Valley Foundation and former mayor of Fresno, who joins Dennis Donohue and Candace Wilson on this episode of Voices of the Valley to share her visions, goals and accomplishments about building a bridge to a brighter future.

Whether the goal is to stem groundwater depletion, halt runaway sprawl, or promote innovation, one component comes up throughout her message: comprehensive partnership. Change for the better happens when people make a point to gather and work together.

Kara Timmins

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