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Harvest in Compliance with California’s Changing Overtime Laws

Harvest season is the time of year when every winegrower’s attention turns primarily to the grapes themselves. For modern winegrowers doing business in California, attention must also be paid to your workforce and compliance with California’s changing and complex overtime laws.

Afternoon Brief, August 13, 2018

Will the Mendocino Complex Fires Put a Chokehold on Grapes This Harvest? The Mendocino Complex fires in Lake County created a dense plume of smoke over the Beckstoffer vineyard for several days in early August. More than 50 vineyard workers were sent home that week because of poor visibility...

CAWG Advocates for Agricultural Guestworker Legislation

SACRAMENTO, June 26, 2018 – The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) today sent an action alert to its grower members urging them to contact...

Afternoon Brief, May 11

Small Wineries Hoping for Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead Last year's big tax bill included excise-tax cuts for American wineries, but an error means many now face a potential tax hike...

Crush in Compliance with California’s Wage Laws

Crush season is an exciting and important time of year for any winery, but for modern agricultural enterprises doing business in California, the state’s complex web of wage and hour employment laws presents a trap for the unwary at this already hectic time.

Increased Competition for Labor Leaves Wine Hanging

The numbers don’t lie: there has been a steady loss off immigrant labor back across the Mexican border for the past 10 years, and it’s creating a true brain drain.

New Research Examines Impact of Immigration on U.S. Domestic Workforce

Study Shows Lack of Evidence Supporting “Substitutability” of Civilian Workers for Immigrants Rohnert Park, California – The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma...

State and Federal Legislative Priorities Key Topics at WIN Expo

With the election dust settling, wine industry officials are working to refocus their efforts on a host of regulations, laws and policies certain to affect the wine business at both state and federal levels for years to come.