Labor Series: Pt 10 ~ New FarmsReach Labor & Worker Safety Toolkit!

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We’re excited to focus the final installment in our Labor & Worker Safety Series on the FarmsReach Labor & Worker Safety Toolkit. It provides checklists, info sheets, spreadsheets, and detailed practical references to help you better manage your employees.

All of our Toolkit resources were recommended by our Featured Farmerspartners and the community, and are categorized by topic:

We hope these resources provide practical ideas and tools to start thinking differently about managing your team!

Below is just a sampling from the new Labor & Worker Safety Toolkit.

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Labor Series: Pt 5 ~ Cal/OSHA Sample Procedures for Heat Illness Prevention

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Photo by: Cal/OSHA

The checklist below was first published by Cal/OSHA in August, 2011.

Today our Labor & Worker Safety Series continues with tips on heat illness prevention! Summer in CA is heating up, which means farmers and ranchers need to think about how to avoid heat illness among their employees.

By law, CA employers with outdoor places of employment must comply with the Heat Illness Prevention Standard T8 CCR 3395. These procedures have been created to assist employers in crafting their own heat illness prevention plan, and to reduce the risk of work-related heat illnesses among their employees.

In working environments with an even higher than normal risk for heat illness (during a heat wave, or other severe working or environmental conditions), it is the employer’s duty to exercise greater caution and additional protective measures beyond what is listed below.

Remember this is not a one-size-fits-all guide. In order to implement these procedures in your operation, you’ll need to evaluate and consider the individual conditions present at your farm, such as the size of your crew, length of the work-shift, and the ambient temperature.

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Labor Series: Pt 4 ~ Be Prepared for a Government Inspector

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Written by Patrick S. Moody, of the law firm Barsamian & Moody, for Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS). FELS is a subscriber organization affiliated with the California Farm Bureau Federation that assists members in complying with labor laws and avoiding costly labor management mistakes.

Today our Labor & Worker Safety series continues with tips on how to prepare for an inspection and what your rights are as an employer should one occur. With some preparation, these tips will be easy to implement and hopefully save you the cost of fines and other legal trouble!

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Labor Series: Pt 2 ~ How to Survive Labor Audits & Avoid Big Fines ~ Tips from Paul Underhill & Veronica Guinto

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A farm worker picks through sweet potatoes near Turlock, CA. Photo credit: The Sacramento Bee/Brian Baer

Today, our Labor & Worker Safety series continues with tips from Paul Underhill, of Terra Firma Farm, and Veronica Guinto, an immigration lawyer based in the Bay Area. We recently heard them both speak at the CA Small Farm Conference, where Paul described his personal experience with a labor audit that cost him nearly $100,000, and Veronica offered the legal perspective of how to classify your employees and avoid extremely costly audits.

Many small farmers have been operating the same labor systems for many years, and don’t know they are doing anything wrong! Read these tips, many gleaned from the very comprehensive CA Guide to Labor Laws for Small Farmers, to evaluate the legality of your own systems, and ask yourself, are they up to date? Are you keeping proper records? Are your employees happy?

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