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NY: Senate Committee Rejects Bill to Give Farm Workers More Rights and Benefits

ALBANY, NY - The Senate Agriculture Committee voted down a bill that would have given farm workers additional rights and benefits. Source: PressConnects.com

NY: Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act Reintroduced in State Senate

ALBANY, NY - The Post-Standard reports that a group of senators have reintroduced the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act in the Senate. The bill had been voted down by a Senate committee earlier this year.

The International Scene: Schoolyard Fight, Workplace Violence, Sleep Disorders, Farm Deaths, Workplace Safety

Here’s a round up of recent interesting news from around the world… Glasgow Teacher Gets Punched in Mouth, Denied Compensation. From Scotland we have the recent news story about a 58-year old teacher who tried to stop two pupils from fighting, but was punched in the mouth, breaking her...

California sets forth indicators of disproportionate impacts of climate change on environmental justice communities

To assist Cal-EPA with the examination of potential environmental justice concerns associated with climate change, Cal-EPA requested the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) [best known for its role in setting drinking water related Public Health Goals and in overseeing much of the...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

Three new studies conclude that prenatal pesticide exposure lowers IQ

Before noting the studies, I should note that I am very skeptical about what it is that IQ tests measure, and whether they are measuring it accurately. Personally, I find the thesis that there are many types of intelligence to be more persuasive, but then I do not hold my self out as an expert on measuring...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

Larson’s Spotlight on Recent Cases: Injured HVAC Worker Established “Odd Lot” Status

Larson's Spotlight on Odd Lot, Causation, Farm Laborer, Immunity From Exclusive Remedy . Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the list below. WY: State...

The New York Times Article on Health Care for Farmworkers Ignored the Farm Labor Contracting Scam

The New York Times article about health care reform in agriculture, “Tacking Health Care Costs Onto California Farm Produce ” (Aug. 21) emphasized the views of the labor intermediaries, known as farm labor contractors, “who provide farmers with armies of field workers.“ The farm...

Unconstitutionality of New Mexico’s Farm and Ranch Laborer Exclusion: Griego v. WCA

Griego et al. v. WCA et al. ; CV 2009-10130 (New Mexico’s Second Judicial District Court) In New Mexico, a state district court judge recently ruled that it is unconstitutional to exclude farm and ranch laborers from the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act (“Act”). Despite...

Larson’s on the Farm Labor Exemption in Workers’ Compensation

Sixteen states generally exclude farm or agricultural labor.[fn1] The particular conditions limiting agricultural coverage vary widely, sometimes excluding employees with less than a certain amount of earnings, sometimes exempting casual or seasonal labor, sometimes excluding family members, and so on...