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Seven years ago, I wrote an article that was published in The Bakersfield Californian warning employers that they should not use videos as their primary tool for harassment prevention training because of several lawsuits that were lost by employers who did just that.

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The California Legislature passed and the governor signed into law an avalanche of labor laws in 2018. Many of them were controversial. But one — Senate Bill 1343 — received overwhelming support.

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Every year we can count on a new crop of public relations failures. And 2018 did not disappoint. There were several jaw-dropping teachable moments. Some even produced a few snickers.

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Al Bensusen’s license plate reads CPAPMAN. Bensusen doesn’t suffer from sleep apnea. He doesn’t need a continuous positive airway pressure machine to keep him breathing while asleep.

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Numbers don’t lie — unless they are left out of an equation to begin with. When numbers are missing from a calculation, a deceptive void appears like a black hole that swallows otherwise important realities.

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Ask many aging farmers when they plan to retire and their response likely will be a blank stare, or a mumbled, vague “maybe in five years.” The truth is that many farmers have no intention of — or plans for — retiring.

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When MagdaElena and Miguel (Mike) Martin looked across the field they own next to their agricultural services company in Wasco, they didn’t see just barren dirt. They saw a retirement nest egg.

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Pulling up to the headquarters of Crop Management Company Inc., a Delano-area diversified farming operation, feels like coming home. The focus of the complex is a tidy farmhouse, surrounded by citrus trees as far as the eye can see.

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Christina Santillan may be just beginning her career in education, but she is already excited about helping her sixth-grade students learn about local career opportunities, the value of a job and even the importance of managing personal finances.

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Kern County farmers and agricultural businesses have a unique tax incentive opportunity under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The 2017 tax reform law includes the Qualified Opportunity Zone program, which offers capital gain tax deferrals for qualifying investments in designated low-income commun…

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Kern County’s nutrient-rich soils make it a prime region for producing the many crops that contribute to the valley’s role in supplying food for the nation. Technology advancements in the agriculture business are rapidly rising and making farmer’s more efficient in their daily duties and ope…

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The people who stare at their laptops or phones during my workshops or presentations undoubtedly think they can effectively listen to me and use technology at the same time. After all, they’ve probably been told that multitasking is not only possible — it’s necessary.

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A cyberattack in April on a shared data network forced four U.S. natural-gas pipeline operators to temporarily shut down computer communications with customers. It was one of the latest displays of the vulnerability of America’s power grid and energy industry to criminal hackers and rogue states.

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June 14 — Labor Law and HR Forum; check-in/networking, 7:30 a.m.; program, 8-10 a.m.; $25 members; $50 nonmembers; Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, 1725 Eye St. Presenting sponsor: Young Wooldridge LLP; co-sponsor: LeBeau-Thelen LLP.