California Farmworkers Overtime Pay after 8 Hours in 2022

 California Farmworkers Overtime Pay after 8 Hours in 2022

AB 1066: Agricultural Farmworker Overtime Rule Change

Agriculture and farmworkers have a good reason to celebrate in 2022 thanks to Assembly Bill 1066.

The new California law requires employers with at least 26 workers to start paying them at 1.5 times overtime pay beginning at eight hours-per-day, up from 8.5 hours-per-day. The pay hike also kicks in after a 40-hour week instead of a 45-hour week.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, these employers are required under California law to raise pay laborers in the agriculture field to match the standard pay received by other types of workers.

Additionally, the new law mandates a double-time rate above 12 hours per workday.

“Farm workers have been treated like second-class workers for too long,” said James Johnson Esq., a California Employment Attorney.

However, employers with 25 employees or less have another three years until Jan. 1, 2025 before they will be required to meet this pay level for overtime to workers. Beginning this year, they will now pay overtime at 1.5 times pay after 9.5 hours or 55-hours per week compared to 10 hours or 60-hours per week last year.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, proposed the law that was signed into law in Sept. 2016 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown.

It has taken three years for the legislation to take its full effect under the Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016. This gave companies plenty of time to adjust their business to the new rules. Prior to 2019, workers had to put in 10 hours to receive overtime pay or a 60-hour week. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, that went down to 9.5 hours/55 hours/week, followed by 9 hours/50 hours/week in 2020; and 8.5/45 hours/week in 2021.

The law brings farm workers in line with other industries that are required to provide a standard 1½ times overtime pay above eight hours a day or 40 hours a week.

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If you are a farm or agriculture worker, employers must treat you fairly and adhere to all California laws. You have rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s imperative that you take steps right away to protect your right to sue.

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