Piece-rate compensation plans have been used for decades in agriculture to incentive harvest employees to be more productive – the more they pick, the more money they earn.  Federal courts have long upheld such plans as long as the average wage earned is greater than the minimum wage rate.  The California Labor Commissioner generally agreed with federal precedent.  However, a series of recent state and federal court decisions interpreting California wage laws have put the validity of such compensation plans in doubt.

Jason Resnick

In a startling and rare development, legislation sponsored by the United Farm Workers failed passage in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee yesterday afternoon. WG and other industry groups have strongly opposed the bill.

Matthew Allen

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