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New Overtime Rules for Ag Workers

Published Thursday, February 28, 2019
by Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq.

Combine in fieldBig news in the agriculture world. The California Industrial Welfare Commission released an updated Wage Order No. 14-2001 (IWC No. 14-2001) regulating the wages, hours, and working conditions of employees in agricultural occupations, effective January 1, 2019. The goal is to eventually get ag workers to a workweek which will pay for overtime after eight hours in a day and 40 hours in a week by 2022.

As a reminder, employers of more than 25 employees in agricultural occupations must comply with the following overtime compensation requirements:

1. Starting January 1, 2019, an employee may not work more than nine and one-half hours per workday or 55 hours per workweek unless the employee receives one and one-half times his or her regular rate of pay for all hours worked over nine and one-half hours in any one workday or more than 55 hours in any one workweek.
2. January 1, 2020, overtime rules start at nine hours per workday or 50 hours per workweek.
3. January 1, 2021, overtime rules start at eight and one-half hours per workday or 45 hours per workweek.
4. And as of January 1, 2022, overtime rules for agricultural workers will finally be in line with other employees in the State of California. An agricultural worker will not work more than eight hours per workday or work in excess of 40 hours per workweek unless the employee receives overtime.
5. Full details are in IWC No. 14-2001.

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