Western Growers’ members are invited to attend the “Criminal Prosecution for Food Safety Violations and Prop. 65” seminar on May 24 at the WG Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas, Calif.

This seminar will be conducted by attorneys from Alston & Bird LLP who will address concerns about the expanding risk of criminal prosecution of executives in the fresh produce industry. Also, attendees will learn about the Prop. 65 rules on naturally occurring compounds. The panel will address topics such as the following:

Stephanie Metzinger

In a recent survey of our members who use the H-2A program, more than half experienced delays in getting their workers last year. This year, with the influx of H-2B visa applications at the Department of Labor (DOL), and the greater overall demand for the H-2A program, there is a real concern that H-2A visa applications will be substantially delayed as the harvest season approaches for many of our members.

Jeff Janas

On April 11, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law that expands the state’s Paid Family Leave program allowing more Californians to care for an ill family member or bond with a new child. AB 908, sponsored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), increases wage replacements from the current level of 55 percent to either 60 or 70 percent, depending on the applicant’s income. This will enhance an individual’s ability to take up to six weeks off to attend to family matters. The law also eliminates the program’s previous one week waiting period for claims.

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