WGL Annual Meeting - 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Check-in starts at 9:00 a.m.

Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th Street, Yakima WA  98901
Rooms C and D

Our 2014 annual meeting will feature
expert information on these topics:

The legal side of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
for agricultural employers

The ACA basics and seasonal employees

 A review of the H-2A program in 2013
and a look ahead at 2014

Wage and Hour issues in agriculture

Farm labor contractor issues in agriculture

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$60 per person for WGL members

$100 per person for non-members

Registration for the 2014 annual meeting
includes morning coffee and snack,
plus a gourmet lunch buffet

Classic Caesar salad
Green Bluff salad
Broiled Tri-Tip steak
Baked Alaskan Halibut
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Seasonal Roasted Vegetables
Chocolate Flourless Cake
French Apple Torte
New York Cheesecake

Registration deadline: January 16, 2014

To register, complete the form below. Payment may be made by check or online with a debit or credit card via PayPal


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WGL Annual Meeting Agenda

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting of the Washington Growers League

Our annual business meeting will include the President’s Report, Executive Director’s Report and Board Elections, with a 15-minute break at the end.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Legal Side of the ACA for Agricultural Employers 
Presented by Alicia M. Scalzo Wilmoth, J.D, Corporate Counsel, Kibble & Prentice, Seattle

As vice president at Kibble & Prentice, a USI Company’s in-house benefits counsel located in Seattle, Alicia Scalzo Wilmoth is responsible for monitoring and reporting on changes in benefits laws, including HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, ERISA, state insurance laws and national health care reform. Additionally, Alicia is part of the national USI compliance team and has worked on a variety of projects to guide USI clients through changing benefit laws throughout the country. She will share her expertise with WGL members as we face implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The ACA Basics and Seasonal Employees
Presented by Todd Miller, Vice President, Employee Benefits, Kibble & Prentice, Seattle

The focus of this presentation will be on seasonal employees and the new health care law. We hope attending WGL members leave the meeting with a better idea of what they can do to minimize the impact of the new law on their own businesses.

Todd Miller has more than 14 years of experience working in the employee benefits and pharmacy management fields throughout the Pacific Northwest. He currently serves as a vice president in the Employee Benefits division of Kibble & Prentice, a USI Company, and specializes in consulting on the design, implementation and management of employee benefit plans. His expertise includes alternate funding approaches, renewal and bid negotiations and strategic wellness initiatives, as well as many other aspects of employer health and welfare benefits.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Gourmet lunch buffet and guest speaker:
Review of the H-2A program in 2013 and a look at the MasLabor-WGL program in 2014
Presented by Libby Whitley, President, MasLabor

Elizabeth (Libby) Whitley Fulton’s professional life has been dedicated to taking on tough jobs on behalf of growers and other seasonal employers. Her 20 years in Washington D.C. included employment on staffs of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House. Later jobs included handling legislative work for the American Farm Bureau and running the National Council of Agricultural Employers. She moved to a small farm in central Virginia in 1995 and has run her own businesses providing labor services to seasonal employers since then. As president of the MAS companies, Libby Whitley is continuously involved in legislative and regulatory matters affecting both the agricultural and non-agricultural seasonal labor programs, as well as daily service to MAS-H2A and MAS-H2B clients.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Wage and Hour Issues in Agriculture
Presented by Brendan Monahan and colleagues Sarah Wixson, Justo Gonzalez and Sean Russel from Stokes, Lawrence, Velikanje, Moore and Shore, Yakima and Seattle

These expert attorneys will discuss current wage and hour topics of concern to the USDOL — such as wage theft, overtime issues, the Fair Labor Standards Act, child labor, and use of the “Hot Goods” provision by the USDOL Wage and Hour Division.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Farm Labor Contractor Law Issues in Agriculture
Presented by Brendan Monahan and colleagues Sarah Wixson, Justo Gonzalez and Sean Russel from Stokes, Lawrence, Velikanje, Moore and Shore, Yakima and Seattle

The Stokes Lawrence staff will continue with a discussion of how the Washington state and federal farm labor contracting laws affect agricultural employers in Washington — and how agricultural businesses can protect themselves.


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