California Fresh Fruit Assocation

Courtesy of the California Fresh Fruit Association

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) applauds Governor Newsom’s enactment of legislation to reform the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The Association is proud to have been a partner in the Fix PAGA Coalition, as this new state law will make significant improvements to how PAGA cases are handled in California.

The PAGA Reform agreement was reached in a collaborative effort by the Newsom Administration, legislative leaders, labor advocates and the Fix PAGA Coalition. The legislative package – AB 2288 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and SB 92 by Senator Tom Umberg – will ensure employees are able to bring forth labor claims and receive fair compensation, while limiting lawsuits that ultimately hurt employers and their workforce.

President Daniel Hartwig stated, “CFFA is grateful that the coalition was able to come together and reach a solution to the scourge of PAGA lawsuits. Far too many ag employers have been on the receiving end of these shakedown lawsuits and have spent millions of their hard-earned dollars in attorney fees to make them go away. This reform effort helps protect employers and employees.”

California agriculture has long been affected by PAGA lawsuits, and the Association is appreciative to this collective group for coming together to reach a deal that will benefit businesses and their employees across all industries.