26 12, 2019

Ag Overtime Changes Effective January 1, 2020

By | December 26th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

Agricultural employers must review and update their overtime policies yet again to comply with the Ag Overtime law (Assembly Bill 1066). The timetable created by Assembly Bill 1066 in 2016 gradually changes overtime rules in order to align California Wage Order 14 overtime to be paid on the same basis as most other industries. The [...]

12 12, 2019

House Passes Ag Immigration Reform

By | December 12th, 2019|Categories: Labor|0 Comments

On December 11, 2019, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (HR 5038), 260-165. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California authored the bill, and it was co-sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans. The legislation has three components. The first title creates the Certified Agricultural Worker program. This new program will allow [...]

5 12, 2019

Please Take Our Survey about H-2A Utilization

By | December 5th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Labor|0 Comments

California Citrus Mutual is conducting a survey to determine the extent that H-2A labor is utilized by the California citrus industry. The survey results will provide valuable insight to the CCM membership about labor trends within the industry and labor availability as the season progresses.  Additionally, the data provided will be aggregated and shared with [...]

5 12, 2019

Reminder: Overtime Hours, Minimum Wage Rate, and Paid Sick Leave Requirements Change January 1, 2020

By | December 5th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

The following changes to overtime compensation and minimum wage rates are applicable to employers with 26 or more employees (“Large Employers”) effective January 1, 2020 The minimum wage rate is increased to $13 per hour. Employees must be compensated at overtime rates after 9 hours of work daily or 50 hours in a workweek. Employees [...]

21 11, 2019

Farm Workforce Modernization Act Passed Out of Judiciary Committee

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Labor|0 Comments

Today, November 21, 2019, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) was passed by the House Judiciary Committee 18-12. This bill would provide many provisions for securing a stable and legal workforce for agriculture in the United States. H.R. 5038 now awaits consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives. California Citrus Mutual signed [...]

30 10, 2019

Press Release: California Citrus Mutual Supports the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

By | October 30th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Press Releases|0 Comments

Media Contact: Alexis Silveira Communications Manager Phone: (559) 592-3790 California Citrus Mutual Supports the Farm Workforce Modernization Act October 30, 2019, Exeter, Calif.  It is with great excitement that California Citrus Mutual announces our support for the "Farm Workforce Modernization Act" introduced today by Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren, chair of the Judiciary Committee. "We applaud [...]

10 10, 2019

New 2020 Requirements for Reporting Injuries

By | October 10th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

Updated requirements for reporting injuries to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) have been announced.  Employers will need to be ready to comply by January 1, 2020. Starting on January 1st employers will be able to use an online reporting portal.  Emails will no longer be an acceptable form of reporting incidents [...]

8 08, 2019

Cal/OSHA Adopts Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulation Effective July 29, 2019

By | August 8th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has approved the emergency protection of workers exposed to wildfire smoke regulation, effective July 29, 2019.  This standard applies to workplaces where the current Air Quality Index (AQI) of particulate matter reaches 151 or greater and where employers should reasonably anticipate that employees could be exposed to wildfire smoke. For non-exempted employers [...]

1 08, 2019

ICE Conducting Silent Raids

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|Tags: |0 Comments

The following advisement is provided by the Saqui Law Group.  While we do not anticipate ICE raids will occur at packinghouses at this time, it is prudent that employers understand what to do should ICE conduct a raid or audit at your operation. As part of our partnership with the Saqui Law Group, CCM members [...]

1 08, 2019

DOL Proposes Changes to H-2A Program

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that includes a number of changes to the existing H-2A program. The National Council of Agricultural Employers and the Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform has prepared this side-by-side analysis of the changes.  The changes are expected to take effect in early 2020. [...]