Thirteen members of the Arizona Legislature are participating in an extensive two-day tour of Yuma agriculture beginning Thursday. Several newly-elected legislators from across the state will learn about the fresh produce industry as they tour fields, processing facilities and customs and immigration facilities at the United States/Mexico border. Legislators will also receive a briefing on water and the water rights in Yuma County. Western Growers staff and directors are participating in the biannual tour, which is put on by the Yuma Area Ag Council. 

Jeff Janas

For employers with 26 or more employees, California’s minimum wage will go up from $10 per hour to $10.50 on January 1, 2017, pursuant to SB 3. This in turn will raise the California white collar exemption rate to $43,680 per year. The minimum wage will increase each year until the wage reaches $15 per hour in 2022. Employers with 25 or fewer employees get a one year delay for the phase-in.

AB 1847, which was signed into law on September 12, 2016, amends California’s Revenue and Taxation Code by requiring employers that that were previously required to notify employees of their eligibility for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to also notify them that they may be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit.

The notice furnished to employees regarding the availability of the federal and the California EITC must specifically read as follows:

Jeff Janas



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