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New York Rejects Farmworker Overtime Pay Legislation

In Wage & Hour Legislation on August 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm
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Already discussed and rejected several times this year, the New York legislature has again rejected legislation that would have give farmworkers overtime pay and other workplace rights.  The bill was voted down 31 to 28.  Before that, the bill was defeated in the Agriculture Committee.  The Post-Journal covers the story here.

By CHARLES H. JUNG

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Agricultural Employees Overtime Bill

In Wage & Hour Legislation on August 4, 2010 at 9:47 am
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have made California’s hourly agricultural employees the only farmworkers in the nation to receive overtime pay after 40 hours a week or eight hours a day.  As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle:

In vetoing the measure, Schwarzenegger cited the fragile economy and said that extending overtime protections could put farms out of business, or result in lower paychecks for agricultural workers because farmers would hire more people and cut hours to avoid paying overtime.

The bill’s author, Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter (Kern County), blasted the veto. In a statement released by his office, Florez said the Republican governor sided “with a labor practice derived from the segregationist South,” and that the veto means it is “acceptable to treat one class of people differently from all others.”

By CHARLES H. JUNG

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Rep. Linda Sanchez Introduces Legislation to Extend Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections to Home Care Workers

In Wage & Hour Legislation on August 3, 2010 at 9:54 am
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This week, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) introduced legislation that would extend the federal minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to most home care workers.  See the report from The Hill.

By CHARLES H. JUNG

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