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New wage rules, immigration policies might hurt farmers

By   /  Friday, January 6th, 2017  /  Agribusiness, middle, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on New wage rules, immigration policies might hurt farmers

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Lumps of coal for employers’ holiday stockings

By   /  Friday, December 16th, 2016  /  Latest news, Law, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Lumps of coal for employers’ holiday stockings

By Jonathan Light There is great uncertainty about whether proposed federal wage and hour laws are going to be implemented in 2017, but there are plenty of other things to worry about on the employment law front in California. Regardless of the federal implementation, we won’t see much federal effect in California. Here are just Read More →

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Dubroff: Central Coast will have one of its own on Trump’s Cabinet

By   /  Thursday, December 8th, 2016  /  Latest news, Restaurants  /  1 Comment

Henry Dubroff

President-elect Donald Trump’s appointee for secretary of labor, CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder, will have more influence on national policy than any Central Coast business leader in decades. The implications for California are significant. Puzder is a 66-year-old attorney and former general counsel of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.’s parent company. He rebuilt the CKE brands Read More →

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PG&E pact will mitigate Diablo Canyon closure

By   /  Friday, December 2nd, 2016  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on PG&E pact will mitigate Diablo Canyon closure

San Luis Obispo County got an early Christmas present of sorts on Nov. 28. That’s when PG&E agreed to set up a $75 million fund plus an estimated $50 million to $70 million in additional payments to mitigate the impact of the closing of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025. The agreement includes funds Read More →

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Overtime pay for ag workers will hurt tri-county growers

By   /  Friday, September 16th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Law, right, Tri-County Economy, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Overtime pay for ag workers will hurt tri-county growers

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Dubroff: Brown’s bid to fight climate change will be his legacy

By   /  Friday, September 16th, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Dubroff: Brown’s bid to fight climate change will be his legacy

Henry Dubroff

Gov. Jerry Brown has doubled down on his bet that climate change is the biggest issue facing California for the long run. That’s the message from a just-ended legislative session that extended the state’s greenhouse gas emission rules to include a reduction that’s 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The state already is on Read More →

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Brown signs overtime bill for agriculture workers

By   /  Monday, September 12th, 2016  /  Agribusiness, Latest news, Wine & Viticulture  /  1 Comment

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law the controversial Assembly Bill 1066, which phases in overtime pay for agriculture workers over four years starting in 2019. “This is very just,” said Rosario Castañeda, who has been an hourly strawberry worker in Oxnard for several years. “They owe us a lot. This is a just struggle, Read More →

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