Safety and Health Guidance: “COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees” Published by Cal/OSHA

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Cal/OSHA has released Safety and Health Guidance on COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees, available here. The Guidance provides helpful information regarding the scope of employee training, procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, procedures to increase social distancing, and good sanitation practices. The Guidance specifically provides that: “Health experts do not recommend […]

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR RESPIRATORY PROTECTION DURING N95 SHORTAGE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators (N95 FFRs). The action marks the Department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators and follows President Donald J. Trump’s Memorandum on Making General Use Respirators […]

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DOL Issues Guidance to Employers Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has been working in overdrive since the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on March 18, 2020 to establish guidance for employees and employers regarding the Act. The DOL has published guidance for employers, available here. The guidance includes a set of questions and answers published today, […]

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Unions want in as an “Essential Businesses” TOO!

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As you can see from the letter from the UFW to agricultural employers available here that went out Statewide and through the legislature, the UFW wants to collectively bargain for the entire industry it has never been able to organize. On top of that, we now see the grocery workers through the UFCW have been […]

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U.S. CONSULAR OPERATIONS IN MEXICO TO HALT STARTING TOMORROW

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The State Department announced yesterday that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. consulates in Mexico will suspend routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services starting March 18, 2020, until further notice. Applicants with appointments will receive cancellation notices by e-mail.  The State Department will continue to accept nonimmigrant visa applications on a very limited […]

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ALERT: LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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As updates on COVID-19 Coronavirus continue to roll in almost hourly, here is where Congress stands on tackling the virus today. Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” with bipartisan support. We are waiting for the Senate to vote on this Bill this week. Employers need to prepare […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) And The Workplace FAQ

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With the Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) making every news headline in the past several weeks employers are asking—what do I do as an employer? Here are some frequently asked questions we are seeing pop up: What can I do as an employer to reduce spread in my workforce? Encourage employees to practice good general illness avoidance—for […]

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Industry Alert: DOL Conducting NAWS Survey

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Workers Survey (“NAWS”). Workers have complained that the surveyors are asking questions regarding their immigration status. The NAWS is a survey of hired farmworkers through USDOL contractor JBS International. The survey is confidential. (See the NAWS brochure, available here.) The DOL says the participants in the survey are guaranteed confidentiality. The questionnaire is supposed to […]

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THE NLRB FINALLY SETTLES THE JOINT EMPLOYER QUESTION

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Today, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) released the long-awaited final version of a new rule on the legal test for determining whether two or more companies are joint employers for the purposes of collective bargaining and liability for violations of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  The joint-employer rule has a complicated history dating […]

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