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ArbitrationNation’s Third Anniversary Threesome

After 155 posts, can there possibly be more to say? Yes, indeed. Three new opinions from federal courts of appeals demonstrate how new issues keep “cropping” up in arbitration law each week....more

EPA Outlines Options Under Consideration for Risk Management Program Modernization – Will the "Safety Case" Model Cross the Pond?

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a request for information (RFI) on changes the Agency is considering for its Risk Management Program (RMP) accident prevention regulations under section...more

Farm workers denied Coroner’s inquest: greater risk of fatality in mining and construction industries, HRTO decides

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has decided that it was not discriminatory for the Coroner’s Act to require mandatory inquests in construction and mining deaths, but not in farm deaths. ...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2014

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with administering the United States Clean Water Act. One question that has bedeviled farmers, business owners and individuals – as well as judges and lawyers...more

Settlement Between U.S. Department of Labor and Blueberry Growers Vacated

In 2012, the Department of Labor accused Oregon blueberry growers of employing "ghost workers" resulting in minimum wage violations. The DOL then issued what is known as a "hot goods order"...more

U.S. Labor Law and Child Labor in Corporate Supply Chains

Human Rights Watch‘s recent report, Tobacco’s Hidden Children – Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming, seeks to draw attention to the presence of child labor on American tobacco farms and to the significant...more

Ag-gag v. Whistleblowing

On February 8, 2013, Amy Meyer went to the Dale Smith Meatpacking Company in Draper City, Utah to see where her meat comes from. She peeked through the barbed wire fence and saw a sick cow being treated like rubble. She...more

FLSA Protections Apply To Migrant Workers

The United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan recently addressed the legal obligations of farmers who use seasonal migrant workers to harvest their crops. In Perez v. Howes LLC the Honorable Gordon J....more

Migrant Workers Subject To FLSA Protections

In Perez v. Howes LLC the district court was once again faced with addressing the legal obligations of farmers who use seasonal migrant workers to harvest their crops. The Honorable Gordon J. Quist joined the vast majority of...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Jury Verdict For Employer, Holding That Employee Affirmatively Declined to Take FMLA Leave

In Escriba v. Foster Poultry Farms, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury verdict in favor of an employer on an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims. The employer discharged Escriba...more

OSHA Issues New Whistleblower Rule Under Food Safety Modernization Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an interim final rule implementing the whistleblower provision of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA or the “Act”). The interim final rule became...more

OSHA Issues New Rule for Food Safety Whistleblowers

Effective Thursday, February 13, 2014, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule governing the agency's future handling of whistleblower complaints under Section 402 of the FDA Food...more

Legislative Update Report - No. 2014-02 - Jan 24, 2014

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Anti-Disclosure Provision In Farm Bill Being Considered

According to the Associated Press, Congress is considering a provision in the farm bill that would prohibit the government from disclosing information about farmers or their employees. The House version of the bill would...more

Alberta Court Imposes Large Fine For Employer In Calf-Roping Case

On October 31, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench released the sentencing decision in R. v. XI Technologies Inc., 2013 ABQB 651. The Court of Queen’s Bench sentenced the employer to a fine of $275,000, inclusive...more

October’s key changes in employment law

Nicholas Jew, a Partner in our Birmingham office comments: One of the less welcome employment law reforms implemented by the Coalition government has been the decision to do away with the practice that new employment law is...more

Immigration Reform Marches On

August has been a busy, productive month for immigration reform advocates. From the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington, to Women’s Equality Day in Seattle, to town halls across the country, a broad...more

I’ll go first. The Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety in the Aftermath of the Tragedy in West, Texas

In the aftermath of the April fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that killed 14 people, the Obama Administration has taken the first steps toward a regulatory response aimed at strengthening the oversight of chemical...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-14 -- July 26 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-13 -- July 12, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

How Will the Immigration Reform Proposals Impact Businesses & Employees?

Much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. While a significant part of the legislation is focused on this...more

Health Tax Hammers Small Business

A prominent member of the agriculture community wants to see part of the so-called Obamacare health care reform package thrown out, saying it will cause undue hardship on small business owners, notably farmers....more

Fields of Dreams: Small Agricultural Employers Seem to Think the Law Doesn’t Apply

When I’m not lawyering, I like to spend time around horses. That sometimes means spending time observing the habits of horse barn owners and other operators of small agricultural facilities. ...more

Introduction of A New Agricultural Guestworker Bill

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced on April 26, 2013 the Agricultural Guestworker “AG” Act (H.R. 1773) a bill to provide American farmers with a workable temporary agricultural guestworker...more

H-2B Adjudication Resumed

As previously reported, on March 22, 2013, USCIS temporarily suspended adjudication of most H-2B petitions while the government considered appropriate action in response to the Court Order in Comite de Apoyo a los...more

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