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Frank Thompson’s Passing

Frank Thompson passed away on June 20, 2022, just shy of his 93rd birthday, in Lubbock surrounded by his beloved family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Les and Jessie Thompson, his sons, Kerry Wayne Thompson and Billy Carroll Ragsdale, and his daughter-in-law Janett Thompson. He is survived by his loving and caring [...]

By |2022-06-21T17:53:48-05:00June 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Frank Thompson’s Passing

TCGA Member Has Big Win in Module Truck Case at Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Texas handed PPF Gin & Warehouse, LLC a big win by denying Delta County Appraisal District's petition for Review.  In this case, the Court of Appeals had essentially ruled that module trucks cannot be included as taxable property in the Appraisal District's valuation.  The basis of this ruling [...]

By |2022-04-18T11:01:22-05:00April 18th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on TCGA Member Has Big Win in Module Truck Case at Supreme Court

Ginners’ Labor Guide Updated

Since 1997, the TCGA, in conjunction with the National Cotton Ginners' Association and other Regional Associations, have maintained a publication called "A Ginner's Practical Guide to Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).   This guide was originally developed in conjunction with the US Department [...]

By |2022-03-25T11:01:28-05:00March 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ginners’ Labor Guide Updated

Roy V. Baker, Jr. – 10/09/1938 – 03/16/2022

It is with deep regret that we inform you all that Roy Baker has passed away.   Here is his obituary: The family of Roy Baker will celebrate his life of 83 years at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. His family will host a time of [...]

By |2022-03-21T08:45:55-05:00March 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Roy V. Baker, Jr. – 10/09/1938 – 03/16/2022

OSHA Hits Gins under Site Specific Targeting Program

At least one cotton gin in Texas has been inspected by OSHA this month under a Site-Specific Targeting inspection plan.  For these types of inspections, the OSHA inspector is given a list of companies to inspect.  They are specifically looking at the companies' OSHA 300 and 300A forms, and the DART rate for those companies. [...]

By |2022-03-09T13:51:56-06:00March 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on OSHA Hits Gins under Site Specific Targeting Program

Registration for Gin School now Open!

Be sure to register early if you are wanting to attend gin school this year!  Due to federal Covid restrictions placed on USDA employees, each of the schools will be limited to 50 students per level, and any local Covid restrictions will be followed.  The schools will also be a little shorter this year, following [...]

By |2022-02-21T11:04:57-06:00February 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Registration for Gin School now Open!

Sixth Circuit Dissolves the Stay on the Covid ETS

We received notice from the Coalition for Workplace Safety late yesterday that the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has dissolved the stay on the Covid ETS (ETS).  This means the ETS is now in effect, and that OSHA got an early Christmas present.  While the ETS will almost certainly now head [...]

By |2021-12-18T09:55:58-06:00December 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sixth Circuit Dissolves the Stay on the Covid ETS

Wage and Hour Inspectors in West Texas

Two gins on the Gulf Coast were visited by Department of Labor Wage and Hour inspectors during this season.  In addition, two gins have been inspected in West Texas this week.  There is a good chance more gins will be inspected in West Texas.  If any W&H inspectors have contacted your gin, please let us [...]

By |2021-12-14T08:35:16-06:00December 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Wage and Hour Inspectors in West Texas

H-2A Overtime and Wages

We have been getting a lot of questions about H-2A workers recently.  In addition, we are in the process of wrapping up two Wage and Hour Inspections from earlier in this ginning season.  It still remains to be seen whether the inspectors will show up in West Texas, but if they do, it is important [...]

By |2021-12-08T08:55:38-06:00December 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on H-2A Overtime and Wages
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