NEW YORK (WETM) — The Farm Laborers Wage Board made a decision today to recommend lowering the overtime threshold for farmers in New York State.
The threshold, currently set at 60 hours a week, is being recommended to be lowered to 40 hours per week overtime over the next decade.
This comes despite 70% of the testimony made by farmers and farmworkers asking for overtime to stay at 60 hours.
According to the Department of Labors website, there were three resolutions adopted.
The resolutions go as the following:
- The overtime threshold for farm laborers, which is currently set at 60 hours, be reduced to 40 hours.
- The reduction of the overtime threshold from 60 to 40 hours be phased in over 10 years with reductions of four hours on a biannual basis.
- The phase-in schedule will begin on January 1, 2024 with the threshold set at 56 hours; on January 1, 2026, with the threshold set at 56 hours; on January 1, 2028, with the threshold set at 48 hours; on January 1, 2030, with the threshold set at 44 hours; on January 1, 2032, with the threshold set at 40 hours.