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Farm Commons Provides Legal Advice to Farmers – Heed the Lesson From This Story Out of California!

Farm Commons was created to fulfill founder Rachel Armstrong’s strongly held belief that affordable, quality business legal advice should be accessible to all sustainable WI farmers. She has worked hard to fill this role and build a network of attorneys throughout Wisconsin who believe in that same vision.

Recently a small, profitable winery in California went out of business because of their illegal use of volunteers — state law in California, as enforced by the Department of Industrial Relations, prohibits for-profit businesses from using volunteers.

From the Farm Commons Blog: We aren’t just claiming that the sky is falling when we tell farmers about the risks of using volunteers in their operation. The risks are real. A California winery was just fined $115,000 for wage and hour violations extending from the use of volunteers. 

READ MORE ABOUT THIS CASE AND GET FARM COMMONS RESOURCES ON THIS ISSUE AND MORE AT: http://farmcommons.org/blog/california-farm-fined-using-volunteers