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September 10, 2021

CA Bill That Changes Law for H-2A Workers Stalls in Senate

AB 857, a California bill that would change the law by expanding the definition of “voluntary” and “mandated” travel time, has stalled in the Senate for this year. It is now a two-year bill.

AB 857 attempts to:

  • add new situations whereby travel time would be required to be paid to H-2A employees
  • require employers to provide redundant information to employees, creating potential liability when the employer provides the information in one notice, but not another

Western Growers continues to work with other agricultural interests in opposition to this bill. We will continue lobbying against AB 857 and will keep WG members apprised of any updates.