The CA Labor Commissioner has issued a CA COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for Food Sector Workers poster which must be displayed where workers can easily read it. Executive Order N-51-20 requires employers with 500 or more employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave to food sector workers for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  The Executive Order is intended to cover employers that are exempted from the federal Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (i.e, employers with fewer than 500 employees).

Jason Resnick

Last Friday, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy led a group of 120 House Republicans in calling on President Trump to eliminate payment limits prior to implementing the direct payment portion of the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

While $2.1 billion has been allocated to the specialty crop industry for direct payments to producers, payments are limited to $125,000 per commodity with an overall limit of $250,000 per individual or entity.

Cory Lunde

Yesterday, Western Growers joined a group of 38 agriculture organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders requesting changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors received only 1.3 percent of the original $349 billion in approved funding.

The letter requests several changes for agriculture to fully participate in the SBA relief programs:

Cory Lunde

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published in the Federal Register a final rule to replace the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The rule, which defines the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act, is effective June 22, and has been named the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR).

Cory Lunde

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