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NEW DLSE REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014

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On July 1, 2014, new Farm Labor Contractor (“FLC”) regulations regarding the FLC license application and compliance promulgated by the Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (“DLSE”) went into effect. A complete list of new amended and adopted regulations can be found HERE. Based on the new regulations, the DLSE also updated the corresponding application forms. The updated forms can be found HERE.

Some of the major changes and a brief summary of the amended and adopted regulations are outlined below. For more information, please click HERE to visit the DLSE website.

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States with The Strongest and Weakest Unions

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The following was written by Vince Calio, Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander E.M. Hess and published on MSN Money

State of the Unions

The percentage of American workers in unions remained effectively unchanged last year. This marks a departure from the nation’s long-term trend: in the past 30 years, union membership has dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11.2 percent last year.

Despite this long running decline, some states remain union strongholds, while others have almost no union presence. In several states, more than 22 percent of workers were union members last year. Conversely, in five states, less than 4 percent of all employees were union members.

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ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES RECORDING YOU?

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Here at SLG we see all types of cases yet we are often surprised at the lengths employees and former employees will go to “get even” with their employers. We have been seeing a surge in cases in which the employee has, or claims to have, an audio recording of his employer or manager saying compromising things. These employees may be driven by a sense of being wronged by their employer, a sense of entitlement, or just plain greed and they are enabled by cheap and ubiquitous technology (smart phones). You need to know what your rights are with respect to confidential recordings and how to create an employment environment where such recordings do not take place.

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Worker Centers Series Vol. 5

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Vol. 5

The following was written by Michael C. Saqui of The Saqui Law Group

CAN’T BEAT THEM OR MAKE MONEY FROM THEM?? . . .THEN JOIN THEM!!!

Nationally; Labor:The AFL-CIO reports that there are now 230 worker center groups active around the country. In 1992, Rutgers Professor, Janice Fine, quoted herein, counted only five such organizations. With these groups now formally in the AFL-CIO, the labor movement stands to gain credibility among both progressives and the wider public. For all the publicity these worker centers have generated, it is still unclear whether they will succeed in organizing the workplace. Labor unions have turned to worker centers precisely because the majority of employees, which is the number necessary for unionization under the NLRA, are not interested in unionization. It is also a telling fact that the unions are more concerned with convincing the general public of the labor movement’s continued relevancy than convincing the employees they claim to represent. The simple fact remains that in this new era of social justice and Twitter revolution, companies of all sizes, big and small, are competing in an ever changing and more highly competitive market with smaller margins than ever. The consumer base is increasingly sympathetic with social justice causes and they are bombarded with messages from these groups in real time through technology.

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Worker Centers Series Vol. 4

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Vol. 4

The following was written by Michael C. Saqui of The Saqui Law Group

Agribusiness is Uniquely Susceptible...the Agrarian Rebellion

Within agriculture there is an ever growing nucleus of community based worker centers and community lead organizations that engage in a combination of service, advocacy, and organizing to provide support to low wage workers.4 They represent a relatively new approach to supporting workers in low skill and entry level jobs are particularly attuned to immigrant and minority communities because of their roots, not in the labor movement, but in community organizing. A critical question that has emerged in recent years as the centers have proliferated and grown, and as their ties to organized labor have expanded and become better recognized, is that of precisely where the boundary line lies between a worker center and a union. The answer has implications for labor and management alike for it will determine the extent to which these centers can legitimately participate, the extent to which they can disrupt business operations with impunity, and the way the laws and regulations governing labor-management relations in the US apply to them.

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Worker Centers Series Vol. 3

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Vol. 3

The following was written by Michael C. Saqui of The Saqui Law Group

FOLLOW THE MONEY

It is clear that none of this activity occurs or at least has any effect without the availability of one critical resource, money. It takes money to organize, it takes money to communicate effectively, and it takes money to grow and sustain even the smallest and most local of associations.[i] And it is here, in the area of finance, where the worker centers benefit from yet another accelerating historical development: a boom in the number of assertive, sophisticated, and wealthy activists dedicated to charitable foundations and “social justice.” A recent study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce show that unions and certain foundation allies are funneling millions of dollars through the worker centers to drive political and social agendas.[iii]eport details the tremendous financial support that worker centers received from foundations such as the Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. To retain their tax exempt status they cannot engage in political activity, however, political activity is generally defined as partisan political activity, i.e. favoring one or another political party or candidate or express issue advocacy. That leaves open a wide range of other forms of inherently political yet legitimate activity ranging from education to policy related research to certain forms of supportive advocacy. Big labor is in the mix as well. Through Central Labor Councils, they found many of these worker centers design and coordinate the labor movements’ work in particular geographic areas.

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Employer’s Use of Employment Policies in Job Applications Not Unlimited

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It has become more and more common for employers to insert employment policies in handbooks and job applications in order to better position themselves for potential future litigation. While inserting important employment policies can help in certain situations, a recent California Court of Appeal case ruled that provisions shortening the time period in which an employee could bring a claim under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) was unenforceable.

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Worker Centers Series Vol. 2

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Vol. 2

The following was written by Michael C. Saqui of The Saqui Law Group

HOW WORKER CENTERS OPERATE

The worker centers perform certain core functions, most notably organizing, that historically has been reserved for the unions themselves, but in social and economic spaces where most traditional unions have not been able to operate successfully. By reaching out to and through worker centers and their allied community organizations in the hope of capturing the benefit of this community based grass-roots organizing and in some instances by mimicking center-like structures within the traditional union framework, the AFL-CIO and various international unions are hoping to reverse the long term adverse trend in union participation which severely threatens their power. [i]

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Congress is Tackling Drought Relief to Aid California

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The following is written by Michael Doyle and featured in The Sacramento Bee

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers working both above and below the surface on California drought relief are making explicit progress this month.

While insisting on secrecy for key deal-making, House of Representatives and Senate members are also publicly moving legislation. A $34.2 billion energy and water funding bill approved last Tuesday by a Senate panel, and related movement on the House side expected last Wednesday, showcase the overt side of the ledger.

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Worker Centers Series Vol. 1

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Vol. 1

The following was written by Michael C. Saqui of The Saqui Law Group

Foundations of the Worker Center Movement

If you have never heard of worker centers, you are not alone. However, be advised as worker centers have become a powerful yet unwieldy weapon in organized labor’s arsenal. Worker centers utilize grass roots methods to disrupt business supply chains, they skirt federal law in doing so, and employers are struggling to adapt. Unions are also struggling to control their new creations and to transform their guerilla tactics and the ensuing media attention into actual dues paying members.

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