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Expanding Overtime to Farmworkers: Will California Start a Trend?

On September 12, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1066. The bill, which is the first of its kind in the nation, will entitle California farmworkers to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in...more

Thompson Coburn presents a CLE on FSMA, looming deadlines and new regulations: Is the food industry ready?

The US Food and Drug Administration continues its ongoing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA). The law, which aimed to take the first hard look at the American food supply in decades, has...more

Debate growing over preemption of state claims over organic produce labeling

Recently, the Eastern District of New York held that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C §§ 6501–6522) preempts various state claims that Abbott Laboratories, Inc. falsely labeled its Similac® Advance® Organic...more

GMO Food Labeling And CRISPR

A new law targeted at GMO food labeling instructs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish standards for identifying “bioengineered” food. While many might think CRISPR-modified foods will be covered by such a law, certain...more

New Federal Telemedicine Grants Announced; Florida Not Listed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced new grant funding awarded to seven telemedicine and 11 distance learning projects across 16 states to use technology to expand access to health care, substance misuse...more

Empty spaces causing big problems: the rise of slack-fill litigation

Last month, a district court judge in California dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks’ iced beverages contained too much ice and not enough coffee. The suit was the subject of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.19.16

Gretchen Morgenson and Fair Game have had a few days to reflect on the Bayer/Monsanto deal, and with that little bit of hindsight (and a lot of history), she’s not too sure that Bayer’s stockholders are going to be thrilled...more

New Treasury Proposed Regulations: Bad for family farms

In transferring the ownership of family farms to the next generation, it is common to take advantage of certain valuation discounts in making transfers. The Department of Treasury recently released proposed regulations under...more

Food and Beverage Alert - September 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Colorado judge permits Boulder initiative on sugary drinks to proceed. A...more

Leaving a Tart Taste in One Processor’s Mouth: Court Dismisses Claims of a Plaintiff Subject to the Tart Cherry Order

Agricultural law can often be complicated, but it is not always this "tart." Burnette Foods, a tart cherry processor in Michigan, has found itself in an ironic position: it is subject to a law that was enacted with...more

Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA Releases New Rule Regarding School Wellness Policies

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture has released its final rule regarding Local School Wellness Policies under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. All local school wellness...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Certification of “No Injury” Wage and Hour Class

On August 31, the Ninth Circuit continued its trend of certifying “no injury” classes, this time in the context of an Agricultural Workers’ Protection Act claim that a Washington state fruit and vegetable farm violated the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.15.16

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation—a nonprofit that represents execs from many of the US’s largest banks—will release a paper today arguing that the Fed illegally sidestepped the APA by adopting “central parts of its...more

U.S. Senators Respond to News of Canadian Dairy Industry Changes

In August, we wrote about a tentative, new deal between Canadian dairy farmers and processors that will allow Canadian processors to buy domestic milk ingredients at world market prices. We noted that the changes contemplated...more

California Agricultural Industry Wage Pains Not Just A Phase - New State Law Will Mandate “Phase-In” Overtime Requirements

On September 12, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016 (AB 1066) into law, providing more stringent overtime protections for agricultural workers. California law...more

Release the Drones: New Small UAS Regulations Now in Effect in the U.S.

Commercial uses for drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), abound. From handling dangerous inspections to collecting soil and crop data for use in precision agriculture, drones can be extraordinarily helpful....more

New York Implements Regulation Strongly Favoring Payment of Wages by Check and Discouraging Payment by Direct Deposit and Debit...

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) adopted a final regulation setting the conditions by which employers in New York State can pay wages by direct deposit or by debit card. This regulation...more

DOJ Sues to Halt Deere’s Acquisition of Monsanto’s Precision Planting

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) sued this week to stop Deere & Co.’s acquisition of Monsanto Co.’s Precision Planting, explaining that the deal would harm farmers. The companies make high-speed precision planting systems,...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

Court Dismisses Public Nuisance Claims Against Monsanto for Manufacture of PCBs

Last week, a federal court dismissed claims brought by three California cities against Monsanto that were aimed at forcing Monsanto to pay for polychlorinated biphenyl (“PCB”) contamination in San Francisco Bay. The...more

The New Gafta Arbitration Rules No. 125, Effective for Contracts dated from 1 September 2016: Key Changes to Be Aware of

The Grain and Feed Trade Association (“Gafta”) recently published a new edition of its Arbitration Rules No. 125 (the “Gafta Arbitration Rules”), effective for contracts dated from 1 September 2016. The previous Gafta...more

FAR and DOL Issue Final Rule and Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” (aka “Blacklisting” Order) have been released. Despite robust comments from the contractor community, the Final Rule...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

Three Things You Need to Know About California’s New Surface Water Diversion Reporting Requirements

On August 22, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) held an informational meeting to answer questions and get the public up to speed on California’s new surface water diversion reporting requirements....more

Georgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities....more

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