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Agency Inspection Checklists

Below are the checklists that are being used by the US DOL and the State EEEC for filed investigations in agriculture, according to Rob Roy, President of Ventura County Agricultural Association. Internal guidelines from inside the DOL on field investigations are being sought. Rob also reports that DOL is concentrating on employee transportation issues.

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Family Quarrel Imperils a Labor Hero’s Legacy

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DOL Produces Timesheet App for Smart Phones

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EDD Annual Employer Reports

Effective January 1, 2011, employers will report total subject wages, Unemployment Insurance (UI), Employment Training Tax (ETT), and Disability Insurance (DI) taxable wages and contributions, and Personal Income Tax (PIT) subject wages and withholdings quarterly by filing a New Quarterly Contribution Return and Report of Wages (DE 9) quarterly instead of annually.

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California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) Doing “Field Inspections”

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Minors Working in Agriculture

California and federal laws regulate the conditions under which minors may be employed and the hours they may work. The employment of minors in some situations is completely banned.

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Inspection Checklists

With the recent inspections by the U.S. Department of Labor it is a good time to brush off and update some of the checklists to remind ourselves of the things various governmental agencies will be looking for. Below are some for your consideration:

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State Supreme Court Ruling on Employment Definition Favorable to Farm Employers

On May 20, the Supreme Court of California issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Martinez v. Combs. In its unanimous opinion, the court held that the definition of "employ" under Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Order No. 14, which applies to agricultural occupations, applied to farm workers' claims for unpaid minimum wages.

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