State Department of Labor will lower overtime threshold for farmers starting Jan. 2024
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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Labor announced on Wednesday that the overtime pay threshold for farmers will be capped at 56 hours, starting on Jan. 1, 2024.
From there, overtime thresholds will continue to be reduced. It will be a phased-in, gradual reduction in hours.
The limit will be reduced by four hours every other year until the threshold reaches 40 hours in 2032. The New York State Department of Labor commissioner Roberta Reardon said:
“These new regulations ensure equity for farm workers, who are the very backbone of our agriculture sector. By implementing a gradual transition, we are giving farmers time to make the appropriate adjustments. These new regulations advance New York State’s continued commitment to workers while protecting our farms.”
More about overtime for farm workers:
- Cornell survey: 1 in 4 farmers say the 60-hour overtime threshold has made farming more difficult (Oct. 2022)
- Pay bumps coming for farmworkers in NY (Sept. 2022)
- NY Farm Laborer Wage Board recommends 40-hour overtime thresholds (Sept. 2022)
- Officials speak out against proposed change to farm worker overtime laws (Aug. 2022)
- NY farms pleading with Gov. Hochul to reject plan to lower overtime threshold (February 2022)