FELS' Training Services
- Supervisor Training
- Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisors
- Pesticide Instructor Training
- Safety Training
- Training Fees
FELS' LMCs offer a wide range of on-site training, whether it's to enhance the skills of your supervisors or foremen, give safety training, or help with the do's and don'ts during a union campaign.
FELS trainers are skilled and highly trained (and certified in many areas) to manage your various training needs. Providing on-the-job training requires huge amounts of organization, education, skill and time This can be a problem to an employer who wants the benefits of a trained and qualified workforce without breaking the bank.
FELS provides a cost-effective solution!
With more than 25 years of experience and an extensive an extensive training library, FELS is often a perfect fit. And, because training is on-site and bilingual, the employer receives immediate attention to problems as they surface. Supervisor Training Employers are becoming aware of the important role their supervisors play in the company s success. Since the supervisor directly affects employee attitudes, a poor supervisor can quickly cause many problems. Likewise, a supervisor with sharpened skills can be an invaluable asset.
FELS supervisor training covers:
Authorized Trainers & Pesticide Training Requirements:
FELS Pesticide Training Cources:
DPR Approval Letters for FELS' T2 Qualified Instructors:
What is Pesticide Instructor Training (T2)?
Agricultural employers must train in pesticide safety employees who handle (mix, load or apply) pesticides or who enter pesticide-treated areas. The instruction can be conducted only by certain qualified persons, such as certified commercial applicators, certified private applicators, and persons who have completed an "instructor trainer" program authorized by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). See CCR, Title 3, §6724(f)(5)(B) & §6764(e)(7)
While employers with a private applicator license or a commercial applicator license qualify as trainers, many employers cannot conduct the training effectively because they are not fluent in Spanish, or they may want to delegate the training task to another person in their operation.
To help employers meet their pesticide-training requirements, Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS) can conduct Pesticide Instructor Training seminars, as it is authorized by the DPR to conduct.
After completing this course, participants are authorized to conduct fieldworker and/or pesticide handler training. In turn, instructors completing this training program can issue the EPA worker training verification card (“Blue Card”) to workers they have instructed in pesticide safety. They can also train pesticide handlers as required by DPR regulations.
Included in the FELS training program is a certificate of completion and a FELS Pesticide Train the Trainer Instructor's Manual.
Employers with 50 or more employees are now required to provide their supervisors with sexual harassment training. The training must be at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training.
Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS) is available to perform this required training in English and Spanish. Contact us at (800) 753-9073 for rates and more information.
Each session will cover these topics:
Send for more information to:
Farm Employers Labor Service
Or call (800) 753-9073.
Here are some questions and answers on this topic.
A regulation promulgated by the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) defines "regularly employing" in the context of discrimination in employment as "employing five or more individuals for each working day in any twenty consecutive calendar weeks in the current calendar year or preceding calendar year."
Multi-Employers: Q: Is an employer that by itself does meet the 50-employee coverage threshold nonetheless covered because it is related to one or more other employers that individually or collectively do meet that threshold?
A: It depends on the nature of the relationship.
Where it can, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing follows federal case law in construing coverage under the state law, the Fair Employment and Housing Act. In Morgan v. Safeway Stores, Inc., the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared that it treats two entities as one if they have: interrelated operations; common management; centralized control of labor relations; and common ownership or financial control.
Despite the coverage threshold, many practitioners and business groups recommend that employers perform anti-harassment training no matter how many employees they may have. Whether a company is small or large, one of the best defenses to a harassment charge is that is has a good training program for supervisors. And even before this new requirement was enacted, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines included supervisor training.
A: The law says the training "shall be presented by trainers or educators with knowledge and expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation." The law does not require the trainer to have a specific certification or profession.
On the other hand, the trainer can’t just read some sexual harassment material to become qualified to perform the training.
When choosing a trainer, employers should remember that a trainer's qualifications will be important if the adequacy of the training is later scrutinized. Further, some courts have determined that it is important for trainers to understand the complex body of harassment and discrimination laws and keep up-to-date with new cases that may change the interpretations of these laws. Thus, it is crucial for trainers to be able to give practical and legally accurate responses to questions raised by the participants.
The cliché "the proof is in the pudding" is apt here: If, after being trained, supervisors can discuss and put into practice the key elements of sexual-harassment prevention, then the training in all likelihood will be deemed to have met the standards.
FELS offers a wide range of on-site safety training, maybe more than might come immediately to mind. When FELS provides the safety training for your business, you can be confident your workforce not only enjoys the training, but most importantly understands the message (since it s bilingual!)
Companies that take safety training seriously experience fewer time-loss injuries and accidents and pay lower workers compensation premiums. The key to success is to either develop your own attention-grabbing program that engages the workers, or use the LMC service to do it for you.
FELS safety training covers:
Annual Service Agreement
The Annual Service Agreement is based on a calendar year and is automatically renewed each calendar year unless you notify FELS at least 15 days before the last day of a calendar year. The fee for these services is based on the number of service visits you desire from the LMC. A service visit is approximately a half-day of the LMC’s time, including travel and preparation time. When a "loss time event" occurs, each participant in the LMC program will share in the event on a prorated basis.