June 23, 2020

California Attorney General Sends Letter to Agricultural Operators Investigating COVID-19 Workplace Measures

The California Department of Justice has begun sending letters to certain Western Growers members announcing that the Attorney General is “conducting an examination of agricultural workplaces to ensure that adequate measures are being undertaken to protect the health and safety of agricultural workers.”

The letter asks the receiving company for specific information about the company and its operations; and detailed information about the company’s COVID-19 prevention plan; COVID-19 worker training; workplace controls; sick leave policies; and procedures for notifying health officials and workers about infections. A copy of the Attorney General’s letter is available here

If you receive such a letter, please contact WG Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick.

Western Growers and industry partners are strategizing this week on how best to respond to the letter. Since any response can be used against a member in a legal proceeding, members are advised not to respond before conferring with Western Growers or legal counsel.

Look for additional information to follow.