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The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/15-5/19

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/17-4/21

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Hot List (Spring Break Edition!) – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/10-4/14

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/3-4/7

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/27-3/31

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/20-3/24

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Big Changes for California’s Labor, Employment Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Californians are starting to feel the effects of new labor and employment laws passed in 2016 that raise the state’s minimum wage, aim to erase wage gaps, protect immigrant and disabled workers, as well as establish...more

The Continuing Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements in California

by Littler on

A dozen years ago, the passage in California of Assembly Bill (AB) 1825 began required sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors in companies with 50 or more employees.  Since then, California has led the nation...more

Chapter 12 family farmer cases in Missouri: A look inside the numbers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code, enacted in 1987, provides relief to family farmers facing financial distress. Chapter 12 is available exclusively for family farmers that want to reorganize their financial affairs. While...more

Farming through the eyes of an ag lawyer

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On September 13 and 14, Thompson Coburn’s Agriculture & Food group hosted a hands-on seminar for professionals in the food and agriculture industries. The program – “From The Ground Up: A Hands-On Seminar for Agribusiness...more

Expanding Overtime to Farmworkers: Will California Start a Trend?

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

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

by Littler on

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

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

by Zelle LLP on

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

Getting It Right: Maximizing Yield While Minimizing the Risk in Hiring Farm Labor

by K&L Gates LLP on

Agricultural producers and processors throughout the United States face significant pressure to ensure their operations comply with federal and state labor laws. Increasing demand for U.S.-grown goods and local labor...more

Unions Pressure Carolina Farmers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Carolina farmers must constantly deal with changing weather and markets. Add one more challenge: labor unions. Recently, labor unions have actively targeted certain agribusinesses in the Carolinas....more

H-2A Delays Cost Farmers Profits and Customers

by Varnum LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are responsible for processing H-2A guest worker visa applications, but farmers are seeing delays of up to two weeks in the arrival of these...more

2016-17 New York State Budget

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On April 13, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the 2016-17 New York State Budget into law. We summarize the highlights of the revenue provisions below. Personal Income/Estate Taxes Personal Income Tax rates are scheduled...more

County Fair Farm Settles EEOC Class Sex Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Maine Farm Subjected Farmworkers to Abuse Since 2003, Federal Agency Charged - BOSTON - The federal district court in Portland, Maine has approved a consent decree resolving discrimination litigation brought by U.S....more

EPA Launches Pesticide Worker Protection Dashboard

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new Pesticide Worker Protection Dashboard (Dashboard). EPA states this Dashboard is “focused on the universe of agricultural operations regulated and farm...more

Many Michigan Farms Having Difficulty Finding Seasonal Workers

by Varnum LLP on

Michigan farms are having trouble finding seasonal workers because migrant workers are becoming more interested in permanent positions. Michigan Farm Bureau has reported that migrant workers fill about 40,000 seasonal jobs on...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2015

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US) - October 2015

by DLA Piper on

FSMA will have major impact on dietary ingredient suppliers, expert says. The biggest change in food regulation in the US in the past 75 years will have a major effect on the suppliers of dietary ingredients, a food-quality...more

EEOC Wins Jury Verdict of over $17 Million for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation at Moreno Farms

Florida Farm Managers Subjected Women Workers to Coerced Sex, Groping and Verbal Abuse, Then Fired Them for Objecting, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI -- A federal jury has returned a unanimous verdict awarding a total of...more

EEOC’s “Reverse” National Origin Discrimination Suit Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

This week, a federal district court ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made sufficient factual allegations of intentional discrimination against a local farming company to survive a motion to...more

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