The Crush February 2023 - 9

by Michael Miiller
On Friday, February 4, the new COVID-19 Prevention
Non-Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from
COVID-19 took effect. On Monday, February 6, Cal/
OSHA released new FAQs that explain how to comply
with the regulations. Cal/OSHA has also updated its
COVID-19 Model Written Program for employers to work
The new regulations are very similar to the Emergency
Temporary Standard which was in effect for all of 2021
and 2022. The new regulation includes requirements for
testing, masking, ventilation systems, reporting, notices,
exclusion from work, and more. Additionally, the regulations
rely on guidance from the California Department
of Public Health to define close contacts and infectious
periods, which may change over the next two years.
These new regulations are slated to remain in effect
through February 3, 2025, and apply to all grower
workplaces including employer-provided transportation
and housing. Employers are advised to work with their
HR professional and legal counsel to determine what
is needed for compliance in their workplace. CAWG
will also be sending out more detailed information very
It is important to note that every state in the nation,
except California, has moved on from a pandemic-based
response to COVID-19. No other state in the country
still has rigid COVID-19 workplace safety standards in
place. According to Becker's Hospital Review, 29 states
have COVID-19 hospitalization rates that are comparable
to or lower than California's. According to,
14 states have COVID-19 death rates that are comparable
to or lower than California's. It is important to note
that every one of those states, red and blue alike, has
repealed or substantially scaled back any COVID-19
workplace safety standards.
California employers have complied with stringent
workplace safety requirements for three years relative to
COVID-19. During that time, more than 61,000 California
businesses permanently closed their doors and roughly
2.5 million Californians lost their jobs. California's economic
recovery is still ongoing.
This is why CAWG is sponsoring legislation authored by
Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil which will reimburse employers
for the cost of compliance with these regulations.
The legislation is based on the premise that the costs of
fighting a community-spread virus should be borne by
the government, and not on the backs of employers.
Each year the Foundation awards
three 4-year scholarships and three
2-year scholarships to high school
seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a
California winegrape grower.
The three 4-year scholarships provide a total of $8,000
each ($24,000 total) for any campus in the University of
California or California State University system. The three
2-year scholarships provide a total of $2,000 ($6,000
total) each at any California community college.
In addition, one Robert Miller Memorial Scholarship
is awarded each year. The Robert Miller Memorial
Scholarship provides either $500 for Alan Hancock
College or $1,000 for Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (see
the link below for the eligibility and study subject
requirements of this scholarship).
The application deadline is March 4!
Encourage your high school seniors to apply today!
The National Grape Research Alliance (NGRA) elected
officers and board directors during their Annual
Meeting of the members in January. The election
installed a leadership team that's as geographically and
economically as diverse as the regions and sectors of the
grape and wine industry whose research needs NGRA
NGRA's Board of Directors is comprised of 28
Commodity Sector, Regional, and At-Large
Representatives from across the U.S., each serving
staggered, three-year terms. Jessica Youngblood
was elected as Chair, the first grape grower from
a midwestern state to lead NGRA. Natalie Collins,
president of CAWG was elected as an At-Large
" I am pleased to have been elected part of the NGRA
Board of Directors. Being part of an organization that
works to align research priorities to strengthen the
competitiveness of the nation's grape industry, provides
an opportunity to address and promote the priorities of
California growers, " said Collins. | Page 9

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