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Farm Laborers Wage Board Hearings

The Wage Board hearings for farm laborers in New York State will be held virtually moving forward. Written comments may be submitted to [email protected]. Written testimony will be accepted by the Wage Board until October 31, 2020.

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

All future hearings will be held virtually. Meeting rooms will open 30 minutes before the hearings begin. If you would like to testify, we recommend you register to testify by selecting the button below - this is not necessary to participate. The online registration form is available in English and Spanish. Speakers will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Virtual testimony will be limited to 3 minutes. If you cannot attend any of the wage board hearings, you can submit testimony to [email protected]. Written testimony will be accepted by the Wage Board until October 31, 2020.

Hearing Schedule
DateCity/RegionLocationVideoMinutes
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
6 p.m., Wednesday, 8/26/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Meeting has concluded Video of 8/26/2020 hearing:
English (with American Sign Language)
Español
Minutes of 8/26/2020 hearing - English | Español
12 p.m., Thursday, 8/27/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Meeting has concluded Video of 8/27/2020 hearing:
English (with American Sign Language)
Español
Minutes of 8/27/2020 hearing - English | Español
12 p.m., Monday, 8/31/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Meeting has concluded Video of 8/31/2020 hearing:
English (with American Sign Language)
Español
Minutes of 8/31/2020 hearing - English | Español
6 p.m., Wednesday, 9/30/2020 Virtual (Zoom) Meeting has concluded Video of 9/30/2020 hearing: English (with American Sign Language
Español

Registration to testify will close four hours before the hearing starts. Although registration is not required, we recommend you register if you would like to testify.

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