It’s July 1, and as a result, Western Growers wants to remind members of two important changes that went into effect today.

There is  a new minimum wage in the state of California.  As of today, the minimum wage is now $9.00/hr. The increase is a result of legislation (AB 10) that was passed and signed by Governor Jerry Brown.  The minimum wage will again increase to $10/hr. on January 1, 2016.  A recent attempt to increase the minimum wage to $13/hr. was recently rejected by the Senate Labor Committee in the California State Assembly.

Additionally, as was previously covered in a Spotlight story, new farm labor contractor regulations put in place by the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement also went into effect today. 

Jason Resnick

The California Legislature concluded a busy week as members raced to advance bills before the deadline to pass bills out of policy committees. In spite of heavy opposition from Western Growers and a large coalition of state business interests, two notable labor union-sponsored bills advanced through Senate policy committees and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in August.

Matthew Allen

Appearing at the Western Growers’ 89th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this November will be Michelle Malkin and Rubin Navarrette, with an entertaining and informative, first-class examination of immigration reform. 

These evenly matched combatants are authors, syndicated columnists, professional speakers, and experts on immigration. In fact, each has written and debated this topic for more than 20 years. Approaching the issue with nuance and clarity, they've fought every step of the way -- with critics on both the Right and the Left.

Randy Hause

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