E-Blasts

Sonoma County Farm Bureau and Sonoma County Winegrowers has released a Spanish-language film about important safety precautions to take in the prevention of spreading COVID-19. This video, features local agricultural employees, farmers, and community leaders who express how crucial it is to use proper safety measures to keep our community, family members, and coworkers safe. To view this informative video, click here.

Cal/OSHA issued another News Release  regarding high heat advisories across the state. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories due to high temperatures ranging from Shasta to Kern Counties.  Cal/OSHA reminds employers that its Heat Illness Prevention Standard applies to all outdoor workers, including those in agriculture, construction, landscaping and those that spend a significant amount of time working outdoors such as security guards and groundskeepers, or in non-air conditioned vehicles such as transportation and delivery drivers.  You can view the standards here.

ALERT: Cal/OSHA Issues New High Heat Advisories and Reminders to Prevent Heat Illness.

By: The Saqui Law Group and Jorge Lopez Espindola

Cal/OSHA issued a News Release yesterday regarding high heat advisories across The Golden State. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories in effect today through early next week for many interior and coastal parts of California from Shasta and Sacramento Counties, through the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno, Kern, Ventura, Los Angeles Counties and more. Cal/OSHA reminds employers that the Heat Illness Prevention Standard applies to all outdoor workers, including those in agriculture, construction, landscaping, and those that spend a significant amount of time working outdoors such as security guards and groundskeepers, or in non-air-conditioned vehicles such as transportation and delivery drivers.

With schools contemplating whether to open or not during the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are facing the possibility that they will be homeschooling or supervising distance learning for their kiddos this fall. This new normal raises questions for California employers on paid leave and teleworking during COVID.

Private employers with fewer than 500 employees are covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and those employers with more than 500 employees are covered by California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. To determine the number of employees your Company employs for purposes of finding out whether the company is covered by the FFCRA or California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, you must count all full-time and part-time employees employed within the United States at the time the employee would take leave, including individuals placed with you by a temp agency. Independent contractors are not included in calculating the number of employees for purposes of the FFCRA.

Face Coverings and COVID-19 Best Practice 

 By: The Saqui Law Group and Christina Anton

This E-blast serves to provide guidance to Employers regarding the provision of face coverings to employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When faced with deciding whether an Employer must provide face coverings to employees, it is in the Company’s best interest to comply with State and County-wide orders. On June 18, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) provided guidance for the use of face coverings. In this guidance, the CDPH stated that people in California must wear face coverings when they are in high-risk situations, including engaging in work and while outdoors in public spaces. Refer to the guidance here.

See here for the latest GSA Article about Governor Newsom’s Statewide Program Modeled After GSA's Farm Worker Quarantine Housing.  

A job well done in the industry and kudos to Chris Valadez and his staff!

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