California’s farmworkers will soon get to enjoy the payment of overtime after an 8 hour day (like almost everyone else).

California farmworkers are currently exempt from the rule that requires overtime be paid for work over 8 hours in a day or 40 in a week.  Instead, farmworkers are currently paid overtime if they work more than 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week.

This morning, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1066.  The law will slowly remove the provisions that make farmworkers exempt from the rules regarding hours, meal breaks, and other working conditions, including specified wage requirements.  It also provides for the overtime changes to be phased in over four years: starting in 2019, OT kicks in at 9 ½ hours; in 2020, it is at 9 hours; 2021 at 8 ½ hours and in 2020, 8 hours.   Double-time will begin at the 12th hour.   Employers who employ 25 or fewer employees will have an additional 3 years to comply with the phasing-in of the overtime requirements.

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