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N.Y. Approves Plan to Decrease Farmworker Workweek to 40 Hours

Sept. 30, 2022, 7:53 PM

New York farmers will be required to pay their workers overtime after 40 hours a week starting in 2032 under regulations approved Friday by state Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon.

The new threshold will be phased in, beginning with 56 regular-pay hours per week in 2024—down from the current 60 hours—and gradually fall to a standard 40 hours in 2032.

“I thank the Farm Laborers Wage Board and all New Yorkers who provided insight and input during this inclusive process,” Reardon said in a statement announcing her decision. “I come from a farm community myself, so I know how important the ...