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Join Western Growers on Thursday, October 29, for this month’s Lunch and Learn Webinar to hear about the current state of biofuel production and related challenges and opportunities for agricultural operations. Dr. Stephen Kaffka, Director of the California Biomass Collaborative, will provide an overview of the current science and efforts related to biofuel production in the fresh produce industry. Dr. Kaffka will also take any questions you might have, so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to get up to speed on the potential benefits of biofuels.    

Jeff Janas

On October 10th, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that provides certain employers of piece-rate employees, with a safe harbor against pending or potential class action lawsuits for uncompensated non-productive time (NPT) and rest and recovery periods. The bill, AB 1513, codifies Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors and Bluford v. Safeway -- effective January 1, 2016.  These cases require employers to pay piece-rate employees for rest and recovery periods (and all other periods of “nonproductive” time) separately from (and in addition to) their piece-rate compensation.

Western Growers invites you to participate in this month’s Lunch and Learn Webinar on the current procedures the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has in place to identify, control and contain invasive species. Dr. Jason Leathers, CDFA’s primary state entomologist, will provide an overview of current procedures and showcase some examples of situations where these procedures have been applied. Please join us to hear from one of the state’s experts on this issue and to ask any questions you may have.

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