Labor

Final H-2A rule tightens housing laws, increases government enforcement ability

Program changes include governmental authority to ban from the program for misconduct, upgrades to housing and inspections, updates to bond requirements, mandatory electronic filing, and changes to how wages are determined. more »

Newsom cuts deal and signs union card-check bill

AB 2183, a purported vote-by-mail union organizing measure by Assemblyman Mark Stone passed in the California Legislature despite a veto threat from Governor Newsom. more »

Heat illness prevention: What is “adequate?”

Almond Board of California in partnership with AgSafe is helping growers stay compliant and get through harvest safely. more »

Commentary: Water, rest and shade are critical amid summer heat

California farm employers have shown clear understanding of the hazards heat can pose to outdoor employees, particularly agricultural employees, and how to protect them from those hazards. more »

Funding enhances best-in-class agtech training by Western Growers

Curriculum development begins immediately, will be fully implemented by June 2025, and will assist 2,750 students and specially train 330 professors in California colleges. more »

Western Growers’ challenge to COVID-19 workplace safety rule rejected

The bid for a preliminary injunction was denied, with the court saying worker protections outweigh the burden placed on employers to provide safety. A revised version of the rule goes into effect Jan. 14. more »

California employers see changes in wage rules in 2022

Wage laws and minimums are changing, animals' living conditions require improvements, along with many other laws beginning in 2022. more »

Dept. of Labor issues AEWR for the employment of H-2A workers

The 2022 Adverse Effect Wage Rates are applicable Dec. 29, 2021. more »

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