Labor

Alex Dunwoody

Learning center gets aspiring managers into the field

It’s a challenge very familiar to the agriculture industry: a shortage of qualified labor. The Center for Land-based Learning (CLBL) headquartered in Woodland, California, is looking to change that with an apprenticeship program that puts aspiring farm managers into the field. ... more »

Reforms to H-2A program, merit-based visas part of bill reintroduction program

After eight months of negotiations in 2019, it became the first agriculture labor reform legislation to pass the House of Representatives since 1986. more »

Ag, business coalition disappointed in Cal/OSHA Emergency Standards ruling

Six plaintiff organizations stress the importance of health and safety of farm and ranch workers and disagree that emergency intervention was necessary. more »

California defends farmworker protections at US Supreme Court

In a brief filed Feb. 5 in the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board defended the state’s 45-year-old access regulation, a  tool that empowers farmworkers to learn a... more »

Preview of H-2A wage rates seen as USDA releases its Farm Labor Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave a preview on Feb. 11 of what the 2021 H-2A wage rates will be. USDA released its Farm Labor Survey (FLS), which the Department of Labor (DOL) will use to... more »

Tighter OSHA standards for COVID-19 prevention issued

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued stronger COVID-19 Guidance. Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace was posted... more »

Farmworker COVID-19 safety aided as UC Davis launches $3M project

California’s 800,000 farmworkers have been hit hard by COVID-19, the disease that has infected more than 25 million people and killed more than 420,000 in the United States. Farmworkers are espec... more »

Rapid COVID-19 testing at employer locations set by Pinnacle

Irvine, California-based Pinnacle Claims Management, part of the Western Growers Family of companies, announced Jan. 25. the launch of rapid COVID-19 testing at employer locations in Arizona and Calif... more »

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