VCAA Seminar on ALRA

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VCAA’s President and General Counsel, Rob Roy, a practitioner before the Agricultural Labor Relations Board for over 42 years, will be conducting a special seminar on the Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA). The seminar will be conducted in English only is geared towards company owners, management and HR Representatives. The seminar will be conducted at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on November 29, 2018, from 9:00am until Noon. The cost of seminar will be $35 per person to help to defray the cost of the room, re-production of materials, and refreshments.

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H-2A Use Has Tripled in Ten Years

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The number of H-2A certified job position has tripled in the last ten years, according to a series of reports issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In just-released statistics for fiscal year 2018 [https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/PerformanceData/2018/H-2A_Selected_Statistics_FY2018_Q4.pdf], the DOL reported that it had certified 86,014 H-2A job positions ten years ago, but the figure now is 242,762, an increase of more than 21 percent over fiscal year 2017.

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USDA California Farm Service Agency State Committee has Approved Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome under the Tree Assistance Program (TAP)

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The USDA California Farm Service Agency State Committee has approved Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome under the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Pistachio tree producers who incurred pistachio tree losses due to Pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome (PBTS) are now able to sign-up under the Tree Assistance Program. The signup period for PBTS began October 15, 2018. For more information please send your producers to their nearest USDA Service Center. To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

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Elimination of Arbitration Agreements Bill Sent to Governor

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On Wednesday this week, the California Senate passed AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego) to limit the use of Settlement Agreements and Arbitration Agreements for labor and employment claims. Gonzalez-Fletcher is the same legislator who authored paid sick leave time, which has become a disaster within the agricultural industry.

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