Welcome to the Far West
Equipment Dealers Association

The Far West Equipment Dealers Association is a nonprofit organization representing agricultural, industrial, materials handling, outdoor power, and rental equipment dealers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

FWEDA Matching Fund Scholarship Program

FWEDA is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of matching fund scholarships to assist in the training of employees or potential employees of Far West’s farm equipment dealers.

This is a “dealer-driven” scholarship process. The dealer must approve the applicant as a potential future employee, approve the applicant’s course of study as being relevant to dealership operations, and agree to match the $500 scholarship awarded by FWEDA. Applicants must be accepted and enrolled as a full-time student into a dealer-approved higher education curriculum.

Applications for scholarships to be awarded for the 2015-2016 school year must be received in the association office by April 27, 2015. All requested documentation must be included in order to be considered. Scholarship recipients will be selected by random drawing in the event that applications outnumber available scholarships.

If scholarship funds are remaining after April 30, 2015, additional scholarship applications will be accepted. However, no scholarship funds for the 2015-2016 school year will be disbursed after October 1, 2015. One applicant per paid FWEDA member will be considered unless funding allows for additional applicants from a dealership.

Do not send money with this application. When your scholarship has been approved, you will receive an invoice and instructions for submitting your $500 portion of the scholarship.

If you have questions after reviewing these materials, please contact the association office at (707) 678-8859 or fweda@fweda.com. Thank you for your interest in the FWEDA Matching Fund Scholarship Program!

Click here to download the Far West Scholarship Application.

Minimum Wage Increase

New legislation passed in 2013 (AB 10) raises California’s current minimum wage, the lowest hourly wage an employer may pay a nonexempt employee in two, one-dollar increments:

    $9 per hour, effective July 1, 2014; and
    $10 per hour, effective January 1, 2016

Employers should be mindful of the effect of the minimum wage increase on technicians and exempt employees. Technicians that must provide their own tools and salary exempt workers must be paid two times the minimum wage. As an example, their monthly pay can be no less than $3,120 per month or $37,440 per year. Overtime costs will also increase on July 1, 2014 to a minimum of $13.50 per hour (time and one-half) or $18.00 per hour (double-time) for standard minimum wage employees.

For additional information, please go to http://www.dir.ca.gov/t8/11040.html and read paragraphs 1 and 9.

If your company policies create special pay rates determined by application of the minimum wage rate, those policies require special attention. For example, travel pay that is paid at minimum wage will need to be increased.

Also, be mindful that some cities and counties have increased their minimum wage and/or living wage requirements so please check your local ordinances to verify you are in compliance.

With these changes in mind, the Far West Equipment Dealers Association has available updated Labor Law posters that have the changes to the laws included to assist you in being compliant. Click here to get a copy of the order form.

Please do not hesitate to contact Luella at luella@fweda.com or at the Far West Office if you have questions, concerns or need further information.