January 2015: Vic Smith Assumes WG Chairmanship

I have a confession:  We did nothing to comply with health care reform.  We employ more than 150 employees, of which 20 in management are covered by a health plan.  The remaining 130 have always worked full-time.  Our plan is to cut their hours effective January 1, 2015, to ensure that they are not full-time in order to avoid owing an offer of health benefits coverage to these individuals.  Is this allowable?

What’s ahead for you in 2015 to be (or remain) compliant with the Affordable Care Act?  The answer depends on a number of factors including whether your company is an applicable large employer and the number of employees you have.

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced several executive actions on immigration.  Under the plan, an estimated four to five million undocumented immigrants will likely qualify for temporary relief from the threat of removal, and be eligible to receive employment authorization.  The president’s decision to bypass Congress has infuriated many Republicans with some vowing to block these measures.

Vic Smith grew up in southern Colorado, the son of a lawyer without ever considering agriculture as a career.

He hung around the towns of Alamosa and San Luis enjoying a normal childhood and then went to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied economics and business law.  His father was a practicing attorney who served a stint as a prosecutor and then went into private practice as a civil law attorney.

Western Growers recently participated in one such program with SVG Partners in San Jose.  This accelerator and incubator program is highly selective and has just identified the first 10 startups, (companies from California and also across the country and around the world) that will have access to mentors and opportunities to collaborate with industry executives, R&D staff and venture capitalists.

Tom Nassif

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