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Washington Piece-Rate Workers to Receive Separate Rest Breaks

The expansive interpretation of meal and rest break regulations continues in Washington State, as the state's highest court ruled in Demetrio v. Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc., Case No. 90932-6 (Wash. Sup. Ct. July 16, 2015),...more

Washington Piece-Rate Workers to Receive Separate Rest Breaks

The expansive interpretation of meal and rest break regulations continues in Washington State, as the state's highest court ruled in Demetrio v. Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc., Case No. 90932-6 (Wash. Sup. Ct. July 16, 2015),...more

Are You in the DOL's Crosshairs? Statistics Give Warning to Retail, Hospitality Employers

Last week, the Department of Labor posted a new blog post from Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil highlighting the DOL’s wage and hour enforcement efforts. Dr. Weil’s statement that the DOL recovered “over...more

Visa Processing Nearly Back Online After Critical Hardware Failure, but Bottleneck May Take Weeks to Clear

After a major hardware failure on June 9th that created significant delays in processing and issuing visas, the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) for U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide is nearly back online. As of...more

Employing foreign workers in Israel

Immigration for non-citizens into Israel is governed by the Entry into Israel Law (1952). Since the 1990’s, hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers have come to Israel to be employed in various capacities as temporary...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2015 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded. The following is a concise description of employment-related bills that were passed by the General Assembly that may be of interest. A more...more

DOL Presents: The Ghost of Violations Past

On May 28, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed guidance for President Obama's infamous Executive Order 13673 – "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" (the Order). Although the stated purpose of the Order is "to...more

Federal Court Holds That Immigration Law Does Not Preclude FLSA Liquidated Damages Award

In many ways, federal immigration laws and various labor and employment laws, including the FLSA, may appear fundamentally at odds with each other: prohibiting work by undocumented workers on one hand, but allowing them to...more

Seed and Fertilizer Providers to Pay $187,500 for Genetic Information and Disability Discrimination

Class of Job Applicants Was Subjected to Illegal Medical Exams and Family Medical History Inquiries, EEOC Charged - SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three Southern California seed and fertilizer providers - All Star Seed, Inc., La...more

California Companies Liable for Subcontractor Wage Violations Beginning 2015

Companies that rely on labor provided by third-party contractors may be held jointly liable for wages owed to the contractor’s workers under a new California law that goes into effect on January 1, 2015. The legislation...more

EEOC Sues MountainKing Potatoes for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Supervisors Harassed Female Farmworkers Over Period of Time, Then Punished Them for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER - MountainKing Potatoes, the name under which Smokin' Spuds, Inc. and Farming Technology,...more

38 Michigan Counties Designated As Primary Natural Disaster Areas By USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 38 counties in Michigan, with three different designations, as primary natural disaster areas due to multiple disasters. Qualified ranchers and farm operators in the...more

Ag Programs Could Gain Higher Funding In 2014

The FY 2014 Omnibus spending bill currently includes $350 million additional funding for agricultural programs compared to 2013. According to the House Appropriations Committee summary concerning agricultural appropriations...more

The Increasing Importance of Using E-Verify as Part of Your Employment Compliance Plan

On January 23, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that more than 500,000 companies now use E-Verify. E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows employers to verify a new hire’s work...more

California Governor Declares Drought State of Emergency: Declaration Calls on Water Districts and Cities to Implement Water...

Governor Jerry Brown last week issued a drought state of emergency declaration in response to record-low water levels in California’s rivers and reservoirs as well as an abnormally low snowpack. The declaration, issued...more

Agricultural Sector Companies Face Increased Scrutiny on Human Rights-Related Risks

Agricultural sector companies, and companies with large agricultural supply chains, face new scrutiny from investors and other stakeholders concerning human rights-related risks in their corporate supply chains. Key issues...more

Senate Approves Bill Overhauling Immigration Law

Last week the Senate passed its closely watched immigration reform bill, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, by a vote of 68-32. ...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

Preparing For Seasonal Agricultural Labor

The U.S. government's expected focus on immigration and employment law enforcement in 2013 will continue to significantly impact agricultural employers. In 2012, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security...more

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