This year, and particularly since the passage of SB 126, organized labor has pushed the envelope with new organizing tactics, aggressive campaign strategies, and innovative techniques designed to catch unwary employers off guard. Thanks to these tactics, the UFW has won two of three elections that were held in 2012. The UFW is reinvigorated and prepared to scale up its organizing efforts, particularly against unprepared agricultural employers.

Jason Resnick

Exactly a year after the expected release of the proposed Produce Safety Rule, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published that proposed rule for public comment today.  This follows the adoption of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law two years ago by President Obama that aims to reduce foodborne illness outbreaks of foods produced domestically as well as imported foods. Two proposed rules were released today:

Hank Giclas

2013 is here and that means several Health Care Reform requirements are around the corner.  On January 17, Western Growers will be in Phoenix to review PPACA requirements that take effect this year including W-2 reporting, the notice to employees regarding the health care exchange, new summary of benefits and coverage, flexible spending account and annual limit caps, and more. This workshop is designed for small employers (50 employees or less).

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