Ag Today July 10, 2020
State inspectors visit ag workplaces to help employers protect laborers from COVID-19 [Bakersfield Californian]
A multiagency enforcement initiative announced last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom has dispatched Cal/OSHA inspectors across the state to help employers including local farming companies comply with COVID-19 health and safety precautions. … The Kern County Farm Bureau gave its members notice Monday of the visits, noting Cal/OSHA views the disease as a workplace hazard that employers must address in a systematic way. … Bryan Little, director of employment policy for the California Farm Bureau Federation and chief operating officer of the Farm Employers Labor Service, said...
Ag Today July 9, 2020
Clusters of COVID-19 cases arise among North Bay farmworkers, who remain vulnerable [Napa Valley Register]
Significant clusters of coronavirus cases have in the last few weeks been reported among the North Bay’s farmworker community – and public health officials say those populations remain at risk. Napa County has partially attributed its recent uptick in COVID-19 cases to clusters among residents of congregate living facilities, including the county’s three farmworker housing centers. … Neighboring Solano County has attributed part of its own recent uptick in coronavirus cases to “a large outbreak among farmworkers in the vineyards in Sonoma and Napa who are residing in...
Ag Today July 8, 2020
Judge questions Bayer’s Roundup settlement plan [Wall Street Journal]
A federal judge cast doubt on Bayer AG ’s proposal to neatly resolve all future lawsuits over the safety of its Roundup weedkiller, potentially snagging the German company’s attempts to move past the massive liability....But with Roundup still being sold and no plans to change the label or active ingredients, settling the litigation isn’t as easy as paying those who have already sued. Bayer proposed a novel type of class action to capture all future claims, which would be guided by the conclusions of a court-approved panel of scientists chosen to study...
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