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. [...]

18 07, 2019

Positive Changes Pending for Sexual Harassment Training

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

The following notice is provided courtesy of the Ventura County Agriculture Association. Existing law effective as of January 1, 2019, requires that by January 1, 2020, an employer with five or more employees must provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees [...]

20 06, 2019

Are you ready for Cal/OSHA to bring on the heat?

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

By: Jizell Lopez, The Saqui Law Group Yesterday, Cal/OSHA issued a news release urging all employers to protect outdoor workers from heat illness. The news release is available here. Several cities across the state are already dealing with high heat temperatures and it is expected to stay between 90 and 100 degrees for the next [...]

13 06, 2019

Deal Finally Reached on Drinking Water

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

For the last several years, the CCM team has been working to secure a deal that provided operating and maintenance funding for small communities located in rural agricultural areas.  This funding gap led to these communities being unable to treat their drinking water systems to current drinking water standards.  This situation resulted in the State [...]

13 06, 2019

Immigration Bill Passes the House? Hmmm not so fast

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

What the House did pass was legislation to provide legal status to undocumented immigrants.  So that means the existing work force could become legal residents and take the offered pathway to citizenship.  It passed on a party line vote, moves to the Senate which has a high degree of uncertainty for passage in its present [...]

6 06, 2019

UPDATE: Social Security Administration Confirms They Will Take NO ACTION for Employer’s Who Do Not Comply with No-Match Letters

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

By: Michael C. Saqui and Gregory Blueford   As we previously reported, in conjunction with Chris Schulte of CJ Lake, LLC and Rob Roy of Ventura County Agricultural Association, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) began mailing Educational Correspondence (“EDCOR”) notifications to employers who submit at least one 2018 W-2 with a SSN mismatch or no-match. [...]

6 06, 2019

CCM weighs in on drinking water proposals ahead of June 15th Budget Deadline

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

Governor Newsom and the Legislative leaders continue to negotiate a solution to provide clean drinking water to areas where groundwater quality is impacted by naturally and artificially occurring contaminants. CCM remains engaged with the Governor’s office and leadership to push for a solution that is comprehensive comprehensively, adequately funded and prioritizes rural and disadvantaged communities. [...]