In March, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake near Japan caused a huge tsunami which caused significant damage to many of the coastal cities on the east coast of the country. Although Japan is one of the most prepared countries in the world when it comes to earthquakes, it was not prepared for the devastation that was resulted.
Recently, five Yuma schools received $1,500 each from Western Growers Foundation to grow and sustain their fruits and veggie learning gardens: Alice Byrne Elementary, Kofa High School, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary, Gowan Science Academy and Yuma Lutheran School.
Western Grower’s Insurance Services newest lost control consultant, Hilario Garcia, began working for the company just a couple months ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s a rookie. Hilario brings more than eight years of loss control experience to the WGIS team, most recently from Zacky Farms where he was a safety supervisor for five years.
While an employee has the right to return to the position held before taking a family medical leave, this right is not absolute. If an employer can show a lawful reason for not restoring an employee to his or her position, the employer may legally terminate the employee.
California’s legislators have departed Sacramento and returned to their districts for the remainder of the year. Although the Legislature is in recess until January, the state’s regulatory agencies continue with business as usual. One such agency, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), is active on several important matters such as the Carl Moyer Program, the In-Use Off-Road Mobile Agricultural Equipment Regulation (Tractor Rule), Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) regulations, and On-Highway Truck and Bus Rule.
I don’t know if I’m a large or small employer and I’m nervous about health care reform and the health insurance exchange. We have health coverage with Western Growers now, but if I’m a small employer can I still buy a plan from Western Growers or do I have to buy from the health insurance exchange? What if I’m a large employer?
Nothing this huge can be totally seamless, but the leadership of Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) has devised a new program that takes into account the changes required by health care reform in a relatively benign way.
Colorful Harvest is a Salinas, Calif. based grower-shipper that opened its doors in 2003 to bring a little color to the vegetable industry. “Our goal was to create a business to grow and sell products that have a point of differentiation,” said Chief Operating Officer Doug Ranno, who founded the firm with four investor-partners about a decade ago.