- Written by Michael C. Saqui & Gregory Blueford
Last Friday, farmworkers walked off the job in Shafter, California protesting a drop in the price per bin offered by The Wonderful Company (“Wonderful”). The protesting employees, who are employed through a farm labor contractor, are protesting a drop in the price per bin from $53 per bin to $48 per bin. In response, Wonderful stated that the price reduction is due to the seasonal transition from harvesting clementines to mandarins. In an email response provided to The Bakersfield Californian on Friday, Wonderful spokesperson Mark Carmel stated, "This season, due to the smaller size of the clementines, we paid a premium for harvesting and we’re back to paying regular wages for mandarins. We are confident we will quickly resolve this matter."
- Written by Jizell K. Lopez
As many of you know, the phase-in for the overtime provision of AB 1066 has taken effect January 1, 2019 for large employers with 26 or more employees. Now that the practical effects of AB 1066 continue to take place, it has left several employers with lingering questions. As we previously reported here, updates to Wage Order No. 14 have been drafted and are under review. Please note that while these revisions have not received final approval they are expected to be enforced by the DLSE starting January 1, 2019.