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Farm Laborers Wage Board Hearings

Out of an abundance of caution, the Wage Board hearing for farm laborers in New York State, scheduled for
April 23 in Batavia, NY was POSTPONED until further notice. A new date will be announced as soon as the hearing is rescheduled. Written comments may still be submitted to mailto:[email protected].

Under the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law in 2019, farm laborers became entitled to overtime premium pay starting on January 1, 2020, for any work that they perform in excess of 60 hours per week, and for work performed on their designated day of rest.

As part of that act, the Commissioner of Labor is required to convene a farm laborers wage board to hold hearings and make recommendations as to overtime work and, specifically, the extent to which the overtime threshold for farm laborers can be lowered below 60 hours per week and whether any such reductions should be phased in through a series of successively lower thresholds.

Accordingly, the Commissioner of Labor convened a wage board with the following members:

  • David Fisher, President of the New York Farm Bureau
  • Denis Hughes, former President of the New York State AFL-CIO
  • Brenda McDuffie, President of the Buffalo Urban League.

Background Documents:

  • Commissioner's Charge to the Board - English | Español
  • Legal Standards and Legislative History - English | Español
  • Briefing Document on Employment, Wages and Hours in New York State’s Agriculture Industry - English | Español

Public hearings will be held in the following areas. All hearings will begin at 11 a.m. All attendees are encouraged to preregister. The online registration form is available in English and Spanish. Speakers will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you cannot attend this or any of the wage board hearings, you can submit testimony to [email protected].

Hearing Schedule
Date City/Region Location Video Minutes
Friday, 2/28/2020 Albany New York State Museum Cultural Education Center, Clark Auditorium, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230 Video of 2/28/2020 hearing Minutes of 2/28/20 hearing - English | Español
Postponed Syracuse Onondaga Community College, Storer Auditorium, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215
Postponed Binghamton Binghamton University, Symposium Hall, Center of Excellence Building Innovative Technology Complex, 45 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, NY 13850
Postponed Long Island Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738
Postponed Batavia Genesee Community College, William Stuart Forum, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020

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