State Labor Dept. Delays Lowering Farm Worker Overtime Threshold

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ALBANY – The New York State Department of Labor has delayed lowering the overtime threshold for farm workers.

State Senator George Borrello called it a “sound decision” as the government agency seeks to gauge more public feedback.

The Senator has called on the Farm Wage Board to reject the changes, saying they will put hardworking farm families out of business.

Specifically, he is concerned with the newly created Farm Wage Board who is expected to recommend lowering the threshold from 60-hours to 40-hours per week; a move he says local farmers cannot afford.

The agency will host another round of public hearings on January 4, 11 and 18. Borrello says these sessions will offer added opportunities for farmers to weigh in on the subject.


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