CLFP Insider
September 15, 2022
   Admix, Inc.       Downey Brand    
Public Policy
Just as thousands of California employers thought COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL) was about to come to an end, Governor Newsom is set to sign an extension into law – which will push the current expiration date of September 30 to December 31, 2022. However, there is a silver lining for employers as Assembly Bill 152 makes two employer-friendly changes to the SPSL requirements and enacts a relief grant for qualified small businesses to recover expenses related to providing SPSL. Although AB 152 has not officially gone into effect, once it is signed by Governor Newsom — which seems inevitable at this point — it will take immediate effect as a budget trailer bill. What do employers need to know about this significant development?
 
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   Axiflow Technologies Inc.       Intertek Alchemy    
After a tumultuous two years, the manufacturing industry is building back fast. However, constant market challenges, such as labor shortages and supply chain delays, continue to cloud the overall industry outlook, reducing operational efficiency and preventing business growth. Competing in this new market demands business agility and innovation which can only be achieved by leveraging technology to enable flexibility and instill resiliency.
 
California lawmakers punted on a proposal to rein in agricultural groundwater pumping as drought continues to grip California and more than a thousand domestic wells have run dry. A bill by Assemblymember Steve Bennett, a Democrat from Santa Barbara, would have added hurdles to obtain a permit to drill an agricultural well.
 
Capitol News
After eight months, California’s legislative session came to a close on September 1 with a final flurry of frantic activity. Lawmakers rushed to pass hundreds of remaining bills before the clock struck midnight on August 31.  
 
High-profile measures that aim to establish California as a progressive leader on climate change were sent to Governor Newsom. The Governor not only signaled his support, but lobbied lawmakers to approve them. These bills include:
 
       » SB 846, authored by Republican Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham of San Luis Obispo and Democratic state Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa, would keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant open until 2030 and give its operator, Pacific Gas & Electric, a $1.4 billion loan to do so. The authors argued that facing extreme heat, prolonged drought and wildfires, California has increasingly faced challenges in providing reliable electricity. Diablo Canyon provides about 10% of the state’s power. So far the state’s investments in solar and wind have lagged behind its goals.
 
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Industry News
U.S. food and beverage companies are racing to keep operations running during a nationwide shortage of carbon dioxide.
 
Companies including Tyson Foods Inc. TSN 1.08%▲ and Kraft Heinz Co. KHC 0.16%▲ have been searching for carbon dioxide as supply disruptions this summer exacerbated existing shortages, threatening production of goods from cold cuts to beer.
 
Hearkening back to unusual trends not seen since the Great Recession, unit sales of most food and beverage products, including grain-based foods, are decreasing amid high inflation, according to data issued recently by IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm.
 
Osaka Metropolitan University scientists have developed a simple, rapid method to simultaneously identify multiple food poisoning bacteria based on color differences in the scattered light by nanometer-scaled organic metal nanohybrid structures (NHs) that bind via antibodies to those bacteria.
 
Announcements
The California League of Food Producers along with a coalition of can manufacturers and food banks, has been engaging the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Lt. Governor and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to ask for their assistance to both preserve the competitiveness of our agricultural producers and processors, and to ensure food security and availability. The Trump Administration’s Section 232 Tariffs and Quotas on tin plate and black plate steel is negatively affecting United States and California-grown canned agricultural products, and have the potential to significantly affect the food supply in the United States. U.S. canned foods are at cost disadvantage to imports due to President Trump’s tariffs from foreign canned food producers, including China, in U.S. schools, institutional settings, and grocery stores, costing U.S. consumers nearly $1Billion annually.
 
   Pacific Bay Equipment Company       DeHart Construction Services, Inc.    
New Members
High Tek USA, located in Sacramento, CA, has over 20 years in the industrial packaging industry. We are experts in and manufacture our custom High Tek USA brand of multi-head weighers, combination weighers, vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) baggers, pre-made pouch machines, rotary pouch, machines, inline check-weighers, and checkscales, scale platforms, bucket elevators, incline conveyors, take-away conveyors, rotary pack-off tables (Lazy Susans), high-speed scales and baggers, product distribution and seasoning systems, and stand-alone combo units. We offer 24-hour technical support, parts, and service on all of our equipment as well as preventive maintenance agreements.
 
Austin has been recognized as an innovative leader in providing site location, design, engineering and construction services for food processing and consumer products facilities. Our global experience includes production and packaging plants, automated distribution and bulk storage warehouses, research laboratories and operations centers.
 
We provide complete solutions for reliable, Always-On power and clean water. Our proprietary energy management system combines any available energy sources, and we use the best water treatment technologies to ensure uninterrupted energy and clean water. At PATHION Holdings, Inc., we optimize all available renewable resources to provide the best solutions for your critical infrastructure and operations challenges. We present insights on operational and process improvements to further increase your return on investment.
 
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