In March, a 22,280 acre American Viticultural Area (AVA) called the Los Olivos District in Santa Barbara County, California was formally proposed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The Los Olivos District would be included in the already created Santa Ynez Valley AVA. The proposal is still in the public comments [...]
Beginning on May 1st, California will implement new heat safety regulations for outdoor workers. California legislators and OSHA believe that these improved requirements will lessen the frequency of heat illness and offer additional safeguards for the particularly tough upcoming summer. Please visit this site to see the full extent of changes being made.
California vineyard owners are concerned about the effects of President Obama’s immigration plan on agricultural labor. Hand-harvested grapes have always relied upon an immigrant workforce (documented and undocumented). President Obama’s action does not have specific provisions regarding farm workers given that the administration cannot create farmworker visas on its own. However, without specific immigration status [...]
In a blow to agriculture, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1897 (Hernandez, D-Los Angeles) that puts employers that hire labor contractors on the hook for unpaid wages and lack of worker’s compensation insurance. The bill affects other industries as well, but essentially creates joint liability for wage and labor laws even though a client employer [...]
Even though a small agriculture and business coalition, including Family Winemakers, was successful in protecting J-1 visa programs for existing recruiting organizations with a series of late amendments to anti-human trafficking bill the Governor vetoed SB 516. The author will reintroduce the bill in 2014 to resolve the funding issue identified by Governor Brown.