The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) was passed rapidly by the House and Senate, and signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The Act contains an unprecedented response by the federal government to the national health emergency by mandating paid sick time and paid family medical leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. Employers with fewer than 500 employees will have to take immediate action to prepare to comply with the new law which goes into effect on April 1, 2020.

Jason Resnick

On March 20th, WG President and CEO Dave Puglia issued a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom requesting a formal pause on new regulations impacting the state’s agriculture industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the letter, Puglia requests that Governor Newsom initiate a formal pause “for all open public comment periods concerning both active rulemakings and non-rulemaking (e.g., informal stakeholder) processes that affect agriculture.”

Cory Lunde

Last Friday, Governor Newsom released his 2020-2021 state budget proposal, the largest budget ever at $222.2 billion. The governor will now work with the California Legislature over the next several months to address questions about the proposal and to negotiate significant additions or removals of programs and associated funding. The state budget must be passed by midnight on June 15th.

The governor continues to prioritize the environment and water policy in his budget. Highlights for Western Growers members include:

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