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Labor, what you need to know

BY ANDREW WATKINS, SJFB PRESIDENT

Despite Farm Bureau’s best efforts AB 1066 passed in 2016. With that, the ag overtime rules have been greatly altered. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the six-day work week was implemented. There is some flexibility as you have two seven day weeks a month but only if you have two five-day weeks. Essentially, the employee’s month would still need to equal out to a six-day work week. 

Also, included in AB 1066 is the number of hours worked before employees earn overtime pay. 

Starting Jan. 1, 2022 for operations with 26 or more employees and Jan. 1, 2025 for operations with 25 or fewer; AB 1066 will require that all agricultural employees are paid double time after working twelve hours in one day.  More prevalent labor changes that began in 2017 are the minimum wage increases. For operations with 25 or fewer employees minimum wage is now $10 an hour with operations of 26 or more it was raised to $10.50. In 2018, it will increase by $.50 to $10.50 and $11 respectfully. By 2019 it will continue to increase in $1 increments until the $15. level is met.

This and more information was discussed at our recent labor laws seminar on March 30. If you missed it and would like more information about how AB1066 and how minimum wage will affect you, contact the SJFB office. 

Our 103rd Annual Meeting is coming up fast. It will be held on Friday May 12 at the Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton. At annual meeting, the 2017 scholarships will be awarded, our new board of directors will be elected, and we will have a new officer team as I step down as president. It has been quite an experience serving on the SJFB officer team, but I will talk more about that next month. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SJFB office at (209) 931-4931.