Two recent court judgments against the United Farm Workers (UFW) have floated past most of the news media, and apparently our elected lawmakers in Sacramento, without a hint of irony. In March, the Monterey County Superior Court awarded more than $1.1 million in penalties and unpaid wages against the UFW stemming from a class action claim that the union misclassified as “exempt” 23 of its own employees and failed to pay them overtime or let them take lunch breaks.

Tom Nassif

Since President Trump signed the executive order last month to delay implementation of the ACA, ag and ag-related businesses have been concerned with how the repeal and replacement of ACA will affect their businesses, employees and families. My last entry on ACA touched on some of the bigger changes you can expect to see; today, I’d like to delve deeper into the topics of ACA-related taxes and changes to Medicaid and Medicare.

Tom Nassif

During President Trump’s first 100 days in office, I plan to regularly blog about how his administration’s policies regarding issues such as healthcare, tax reform, immigration and trade will affect ag and ag-related businesses.

To kick off this series, I wanted to delve into what Trump’s executive order concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for farmers. President Trump signed an executive order last month directing federal agency heads to waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of the ACA.

Tom Nassif

Across the country, Americans are observing President-elect Trump’s transition to the White House with a range of emotions. While we may have different feelings about his victory, we can probably agree on this: The Trump presidency will be unpredictable. And our soon-to-be Commander-in-Chief won’t be affected by protests (from establishment types) that he shouldn’t do or say something only because, “We’ve never done it that way.”

Tom Nassif

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My intention for Nassif’s Notes is to provide a regular forum for Western Growers members, policymakers, reporters and the general public to engage in meaningful dialogue around key issues impacting fruit, vegetable and tree nut farmers in Arizona, California and Colorado. I will use this blog to provide commentary on timely topics, events and people, hopefully furthering the public discourse. From time to time, I will also ask Western Growers staff to weigh in on relevant subjects. Through it all, I invite your thoughtful and respectful participation.