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June 16, 2016

Fight Continues on California Farmworker Overtime

In an unfortunate development for California’s farmers and farmworkers, Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D, San Diego) has amended one of her bills in the Senate to now include language from her previously defeated AB 2757. AB 1066 would repeal the longstanding 10-hour daily and weekly overtime requirements currently in place.

The legislation would incrementally decrease the existing overtime threshold over a four-year period until it reaches 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. The bill has not yet been set for a hearing in the Senate. Western Growers is part of a large coalition in opposition to this bill.

We encourage all of our members to reach back out to your State Senators and Assembly Members and reiterate your opposition to this legislation. We will keep you informed of all activities related to the bill and alert you of the need to act when the timing is right. Please remain engaged with us on this issue.

For more information, contact Matthew Allen at (916) 446-1435.