Anyone who has grown up around the ag industry knows how important employees are to farm owners and their businesses. The ability to create a flexible work schedule for laborers plays a major role in a farmers success, which is why understanding the agricultural specific labor law updates and how to maneuver them is the key to having a successful operation in today’s society.

2020 brought a lot of changes in regards to agricultural worker employment laws, one of which changes the definition of overtime altogether. Time and a half is now considered 9 hours in a single workday, and 50 hours in a single workweek. California determined that agricultural laborers engage in back breaking work, and need the ability to earn a proper wage in overtime hours.

AB1066 intends to lower the requirement for overtime hours more and more over the next four years, and is reinforcing this bill through hefty fines in order to ensure compliance.