o you have days when you feel you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t? I read news reports all the time about our industry, as you probably do. It’s the criticism in the media that stings when judgments are made that farmers do not use natural resources well, in particular, water.
In his January column in this magazine, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif told readers it is the association’s goal “to advance technology innovation in the fresh produce industry thereby improving our ability to produce more food in more efficient ways.”
The California Legislature is back for a new two-year session with dozens of newly-elected members and new leaders in both the Assembly and Senate. Reporters and pundits are busy speculating about their agendas, what issues will dominate attention and the role Governor Jerry Brown will play in all of it.
In December, the United States Supreme Court addressed whether employees are “working” while waiting to undergo mandatory, end-of-shift security checks. The Court unanimously held that the time spent by warehouse workers waiting for and undergoing security screenings before leaving for the day is not compensable under federal law.
For several years, food items other than fresh produce have usually been associated with listeriosis outbreaks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is an important public health problem in the United States.
For the first time since 2006, the workers’ compensation insurance industry reached profitability. The National Council on Compensation Insurance recently announced that the industry last year had a “combined ratio” of 96 percent for 2014, which means that for every dollar the industry received in premium, it paid out 96 cents in claims and expenses; or it made four cents on each dollar of premium.
I am a large employer and offer a health plan to my employees, but some of them have opted out. Will I be subject to a tax penalty if these individuals go to a health insurance exchange? And how will I know if my employees go to a health insurance exchange? Is there some sort of notification process?