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Move Over EEOC: Time for an NLRB Benchslap

Over the last few weeks we have blogged on a number of judicial decisions chastising the EEOC (Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?, EEOC Benchslaps Just Keep Coming and The EEOC Hits Just Keep Coming!). Today we shift our...more

Executive Labor Summary - July/August 2014

NLRB extends Weingarten right of union representation to drug and alcohol test situations - On July 31, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board in Ralph's Grocery Co. ruled that a union-represented...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

Hamilton Growers to Pay $500,000 to Settle EEOC Race/National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

ATLANTA - Hamilton Growers, Inc., doing business as Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc., an agricultural farm in Norman Park, Ga., has agreed to pay $500,000 to a class of American seasonal workers - many of them...more

“An Intentionally Tough Law”: Employment Rights Lost by “Responsibly Connected” Individuals When Their PACA-Licensed Companies...

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930 (“PACA”)1 is deservedly renowned for its provisions creating a statutory trust on sold perishable commodities, and the products and revenues thereof. See 7 U.S.C. §499e. The...more

Employer Handbook - Hiring Children

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Virtually all business owners hiring individuals under the age of 18. What is the minimum age to hire: There is a lot of variation about the minimum age to hire and there...more

Labor Department Abandons Updated Child Labor Laws for the Agricultural Industry

When you think of summer jobs for youth in rural communities, several things may come to mind. You probably imagine a young woman rounding up cattle to send to auction. It is also likely that you imagine a young man baling...more

California Implements Significant Changes to the Agricultural Labor Relations Act

Effective January 1, 2012, California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA) was amended in ways that will likely help unions to organize agricultural employees in California and obtain favorable labor contracts...more

Tips on How to Avoid a Finding of Joint Employer Status under MSPA

Under the MSPA, an employer could be held responsible for an independent contractor's violations of the MSPA, if the employer is considered a "joint employer" of the contractor's workers. Therefore, the stakes are very high...more

EB-2 Visas for China and India Move Five Months and Other Immigration Law Updates

In This Issue: July Visa Bulletin; EB-2 for China and India Move Five Months; Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's E-Verify Requirement; Supreme Court Remands Hazelton Immigration Law Challenge to Third Circuit; Alabama Enacts...more

New study focuses on dairy worker safety and health risks

All types of agricultural jobs are dangerous, and among the most risky is dairy work. The agricultural industry has the highest rate of worker injuries, occupational diseases and fatalities of any labor sector, and dairy work...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin – October 25, 2010

1. Openers; 2. ABCs of Immigration Law: H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visas; 3. Ask Visalaw.com; 4. Border and Enforcement News: ICE says no opt-out for local jurisdictions, Immigration audits of employers increase, Deportation...more

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