Farm Laborers Wage Board Hearings

Farm Laborers Wage Board Hearings
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Overview

* On December 31, 2020, the Farm Laborers Wage Board filed a report and recommendations on the applicable overtime thresholds for farm laborers. Read the report and recommendations.
On February 19, 2021, the Commissioner of Labor issued an order accepting the report and recommendations. Read the Commissioner's Order
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Under the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law in 2019, farm laborers became entitled to overtime premium pay starting on January 1, 2020, for any work that they perform in excess of 60 hours per week, and for work performed on their designated day of rest.

As part of that act, the Commissioner of Labor was required to convene a farm laborers wage board to hold hearings and make recommendations as to overtime work and, specifically, the extent to which the overtime threshold for farm laborers can be lowered below 60 hours per week and whether any such reductions should be phased in through a series of successively lower thresholds.

Accordingly, the Commissioner of Labor convened a wage board with the following members:

  • David Fisher, President of the New York Farm Bureau
  • Denis Hughes, former President of the New York State AFL-CIO
  • Brenda McDuffie, President of the Buffalo Urban League.

Five public meetings were held to hear testimony. The details of those meetings are in the table below.

Three additional meetings of the Board were scheduled to hear presentations from the Department of Labor, to discuss the written submissions and testimony received at the hearings, and to make recommendations on the overtime work threshold for farm laborers and the extent to which the threshold may be lowered. The meetings were open to members of the public and were conducted via videoconference. No public testimony was taken at these meetings.

The additional meetings were scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. ET
    Video of November 19 meeting: English (with American Sign Language) | Español
  • Monday, December 28, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. ET
    Video of December 28 meeting: English (with American Sign Language) | Español
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. ET
    Video of December 29 meeting: English (with American Sign Language) | Español
  • Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. ET
    Video of December 31 meeting: English (with American Sign Language) | Español

Background Documents

Commissioner's Charge to the Board - English | Español

Legal Standards and Legislative History - English | Español

Briefing Document on Employment, Wages and Hours in New York State’s Agriculture Industry - English | Español

 

 

HEARING SCHEDULE

Date City/Region Location Video Minutes
Friday, 2/28/2020 Albany New York State Museum Cultural Education Center, Clark Auditorium, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230 Video of 2/28/2020 hearing Minutes of 2/28/20 hearing - English | Español
6 p.m., Wednesday, 8/26/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Hearing has concluded Video of 8/26/2020 hearing:
English (with American Sign Language)
Español
Minutes of 8/26/2020 hearing - English | Español
12 p.m., Thursday, 8/27/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Hearing has concluded Video of 8/27/2020 hearing:
English (with American Sign Language)
Español
Minutes of 8/27/2020 hearing - English | Español
12 p.m., Monday, 8/31/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Hearing has concluded Video of 8/31/2020 hearing:
English (with American Sign Language)
Español
Minutes of 8/31/2020 hearing - English | Español
6 p.m., Wednesday, 9/30/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Hearing has concluded Video of 9/30/2020 hearing: English (with American Sign Language
Español