Yesterday, Western Growers published its survey indicating that higher minimum wage and agricultural overtime costs will harm the very people that supporters of these measures claimed to be helping: farmworkers.

The findings in this report come from an electronic survey of Western Growers’ regular members conducted by the association between October 31st and November 11th, 2016. 148 Western Growers members responded to the survey. Key findings include:

On November 22, 2016, the U.S. District Court in Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s final overtime exemption rule, which would have raised the minimum salary threshold to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's white collar exemption to $47,476 per year, starting December 1, 2016. The rule is now halted indefinitely, giving employers a reprieve until the court rules on the merits of the case.

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