Growers get proactive for workers relations

Wage rates, federal and state labor laws, food safety regulations and buyer-mandated audits are making employers’ relationships with staff increasingly more complicated. Workers need to be trained in procedures and best practices, but with the... more »

BREAKING: US District Court rules against farmers in wage lawsuit

Monday evening, March 18, U. S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly issued a memorandum of opinion in a case brought by the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) against the U. S. Department of Labor.... more »

Farm bill to cost NY farms $3M more in labor, study finds

New York Farm Bureau highlighted a new report March 5 that detailed the extreme costs facing the state’s family farms should the farmworker labor bill (S. 2837/A. 2750) pass this legislative session. Farm Credit East,... more »

Ag labor issues focus of VGN’s free online webinar

The ability for specialty crop operations to secure a stable and reliable workforce to plant, harvest, pack and ship their products has been curtailed for a number of years. As the industry adjusts to global... more »

Joint employer liability theory for ag employers expanded

A federal appeals court has made a sweeping change for agricultural employers that will make it easier for workers to bring discrimination claims against them under a joint employment theory. In last week’s EEOC v. Global... more »

California ag overtime guidelines released by commissioner

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has posted guidance for agricultural employers and workers on an overtime pay schedule that went into effect Jan. 1. The law’s overtime pay requirements will be phased in according to... more »

New bid for ag labor solution receives support

Three Democratic lawmakers from California have presented new immigration legislation that would create an opportunity for undocumented agricultural workers to apply for legal status. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren introduced... more »

Congressional group proposes citizenship path for workers

On Jan. 17, U.S. Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, introduced legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation and put them on a path toward earned legal status... more »

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