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Expanded Overtime Pay for Agricultural Workers in California

[SFM] Expanded Overtime Pay for Agricultural Workers in California – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed Bill AB-1066, ‘Agricultural workers: wages, hours, and working conditions,’ which would “… remove the exemption for agricultural employees regarding hours, meal breaks, and other working conditions, including specified wage requirements, and would create a schedule that would phase in overtime requirements for agricultural workers, as defined, over the course of 4 years, from 2019 to 2022 …” – Beginning in 2019, the Bill would “… gradually phase in standards for farmworker overtime lowering the current 10-hour day level to the standard 8-hour day, and establishing for the first time a 40-hour standard workweek, over a four-year period. Beginning in 2019, the phase-in would be by annual half-hour-per-day increments until reaching eight hours, and annual five-hour-per-week increments until reaching 40 hours. Both final standards would be achieved in 2022. AB 1066 additionally authorizes the Governor to temporarily suspend a scheduled phase-in of overtime at any time until full implementation of phase-in overtime requirements or January 1, 2022, whichever comes first, if the Governor suspends minimum wage increases based on economic conditions …”

Web site: Source: September 12, 2016 Office of the Governor of California Press Release, titled “Governor Brown Signs Legislation”, posted at
http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19530

Information about Bill AB-1066, “Agricultural workers: wages, hours, and working conditions,” is available at
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1066
* The text of the bill is posted at
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1066

The September 12, 2016 Office of Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) Press Release, titled “Assemblyman Gallagher Responds to Governor Brown Signing Ag Overtime Bill”, is posted at
http://ad03.asmrc.org/press-release/17704

The August 29, 2016 Office of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) Press Release, titled “Farmworker Overtime Bill Heads to Governor; AB 1066 would establish an 8-hour workday and 40-hour workweek standard for California farmworkers”, is posted at
http://asmdc.org/members/a80/news-room/press-releases/farmworker-overtime-bill-heads-to-governor

A September 12, 2016 Sacramento Bee news story, titled “California farmworker overtime bill signed by Jerry Brown”, is posted at
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article101400142.html

A September 12, 2016 Los Angeles Times news story, titled “Gov. Jerry Brown signs historic legislation granting expanded overtime pay to farmworkers “, is posted at
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-sac-essential-politics-updates-brown-signs-historic-legislation-1473710835-htmlstory.html

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