Safe Harvest Office Hours @ 12:30 PM Today

Cornell CALS and Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting office hours for farmers and packers to answer any questions they might have about managing and responding to protect the farm workforce during COVID-19. Office hours will be held each Tuesday through September. Registration is FREE but REQUIRED.

REGISTER for COVID-19 office hours at 12:30 PM EDT, September 29

Today’s office hours will be held at 12:30 PM EDT and are open to all types of farmers. It will feature western New York with brief reports from:

  • Mark Wiltberger, Business Management Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Ontario Fruit Program
  • David Bell, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Genesee and Orleans Counties

Other experts from Cornell Institute for Food Safety and New York Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets will also be available to answer questions.

Participants can log in from a computer or call in from a phone to ask questions or just to listen. A panel of experts will field questions. Questions that experts cannot immediately answer will be recorded, reviewed and answered later. The upcoming weeks are critical as seasonal harvest and the workforce ramps up.

If you would like to submit a question in advance, complete the “Questions & Comments” box when you register or ask it live during office hours.

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NY Labor Law Updates; Safe Harvest COVID Office Hours

2020 NY Labor Law Updates

2020 brought additional changes to the NY farm labor laws. Overtime and day-of-rest rules apply to most farm employees but some family members and certain managers may be exempt from these provisions. Review a video overview of the new rules and check out a more in-depth webinar and presentation on the Cornell Ag Workforce website.

Safe Harvest 2020 Office Hours

Cornell CALS and Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting office hours for farmers and packers to answer any questions they might have about managing and responding to protect the farm workforce during COVID-19. Office hours will be held each Tuesday through September. Registration is FREE but REQUIRED.

REGISTER for COVID-19 office hours at 12:30 PM EDT, September 29

Today’s office hours will be held at 12:30 PM EDT and are open to all types of farmers. It will feature western New York with brief reports from:

  • Mark Wiltberger, Business Management Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Ontario Fruit Program
  • A health department official from western New York

Other experts from Cornell Institute for Food Safety and New York Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets will also be available to answer questions.

Participants can log in from a computer or call in from a phone to ask questions or just to listen. A panel of experts will field questions. Questions that experts cannot immediately answer will be recorded, reviewed and answered later. The upcoming weeks are critical as seasonal harvest and the workforce ramps up.

If you would like to submit a question in advance, complete the “Questions & Comments” box when you register or ask it live during office hours.

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Safe Harvest 2020: COVID-19 Office Hours @ 12:30 PM Today

Cornell CALS and Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting office hours for farmers and packers to answer any questions they might have about managing and responding to protect the farm workforce during COVID-19. Office hours will be held each Tuesday through September. Registration is FREE but REQUIRED.

REGISTER for COVID-19 office hours at 12:30 PM EDT, September 22

Today’s office hours will be held at 12:30 PM EDT and are open to all types of farmers. It will feature the Hudson Valley with brief reports from:

  • James Shuford, Project Manager of Migrant Health, Hudson River HealthCare Inc.
  • Liz Higgins, Business Management Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture

Other experts from Cornell Institute for Food Safety and New York Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets will also be available to answer questions.

Participants can log in from a computer or call in from a phone to ask questions or just to listen. A panel of experts will field questions. Questions that experts cannot immediately answer will be recorded, reviewed and answered later. The upcoming weeks are critical as seasonal harvest and the workforce ramps up.

If you would like to submit a question in advance, complete the “Questions & Comments” box when you register or ask it live during office hours.

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New Rules for Federal COVID-19 Paid Leave

Beginning September 16, 2020, new rules went into effect for the paid employee leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This is the federal program that made paid leave available for employees affected by COVID-19 and allowed employers to claim a tax deduction to reimburse the cost of the leave days. A federal court held that several parts of the original FFCRA needed to be revised.

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a press release on September 11, 2020 with these details. The new rules:

  • Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that employees may take FFCRA leave only if work would otherwise be available to them.
  • Reaffirm and provide additional explanation for the requirement that an employee have employer approval to take FFCRA leave intermittently.
  • Revise the definition of “healthcare provider” to include only employees who meet the definition of that term under the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations or who are employed to provide diagnostic services, preventative services, treatment services or other services that are integrated with and necessary to the provision of patient care which, if not provided, would adversely impact patient care.
  • Clarify that employees must provide required documentation supporting their need for FFCRA leave to their employers as soon as practicable.
  • Correct an inconsistency regarding when employees may be required to provide notice of a need to take expanded family and medical leave to their employers.

Read about this change in more detail in this USDOL website and in this post from the Michael Best law firm.

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Safe Harvest 2020: COVID-19 Office Hours @ 12:30 PM, September 22

Cornell CALS and Cornell Cooperative Extension are hosting office hours for farmers and packers to answer any questions they might have about managing and responding to protect the farm workforce during COVID-19. Office hours will be held each Tuesday through September. Registration is FREE but REQUIRED.

REGISTER for COVID-19 office hours at 12:30 PM EDT, September 22

The September 22 office hours will be held at 12:30 PM EDT and are open to all types of farmers. It will feature the Hudson Valley with brief reports from:

  • James Shuford, Project Manager of Migrant Health, Hudson River HealthCare Inc.
  • Liz Higgins, Business Management Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture

Other experts from Cornell Institute for Food Safety and New York Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets will also be available to answer questions.

Participants can log in from a computer or call in from a phone to ask questions or just to listen. A panel of experts will field questions. Questions that experts cannot immediately answer will be recorded, reviewed and answered later. The upcoming weeks are critical as seasonal harvest and the workforce ramps up.

If you would like to submit a question in advance, complete the “Questions & Comments” box when you register or ask it live during office hours.

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