labor

employment

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Our diverse agricultural production relies upon skilled people in year-round and seasonal jobs. Farmers and ranchers face very real challenges in ensuring they can hire from among a reliable, stable and legal workforce.


CFBF encourages worker health and safety training programs to prevent farm worker injury and illness.

immigration

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Farm Bureau seeks to improve labor policies affecting agriculture and to provide farmers and ranchers with information on existing laws and regulations, including a comprehensive immigration policy. 

Farm Bureau supports a bipartisan compromise that creates a visa program for the entry of a foreign legal workforce to work in agriculture, and that allows those currently experienced yet unauthorized agricultural workers who pay a fine and pass a background check to continue working in agriculture.

ag employees

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Minimum wage, "day of rest" and "seventh-day" overtime requirements for agricultural employees in California changed on January 1, 2017. Agricultural overtime changes begin

January 1, 2019. Changes occur incrementally through 2025

Changes on January 1, 2019

Minimum Wage

  • $11/hour for "small" employers (25 or fewer employees at all times during a pay period)

  • $12/hour for "large" employers (26 or more employees at all times during a pay period)

Ag Overtime

  • Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) for more than 9.5 hours per workday, 55 hours per workweek for "large" employers

Changes on January 1, 2020

Minimum Wage

  • $12/hour for "small" employers (25 or fewer employees at all times during a pay period)

  • $13/hour for "large" employers (26 or more employees at all times during a pay period)

Ag Overtime

  • Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) for more than 9 hours per workday, 50 hours per workweek for "large" employers

Changes on January 1, 2021

Minimum Wage

  • $13/hour for "small" employers (25 or fewer employees at all times during a pay period)

  • $14/hour for "large" employers (26 or more employees at all times during a pay period)

Ag Overtime

  • Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) for more than 8.5 hours per workday, 45 hours per workweek for "large" employers

Changes on January 1, 2022

Minimum Wage

  • $14/hour for "small" employers (25 or fewer employees at all times during a pay period)

  • $15/hour for "large" employers (26 or more employees at all times during a pay period)

Ag Overtime

  • Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) for more than 8 hours per workday, 40 hours per workweek for "large" employers

  • Double time (2x the employee's regular rate of pay) for more than 12 hours per workday for "large" employers

  • Overtime for more than 9.5 hours per workday, 55 hours per workweek for "small" employers

Changes on January 1, 2023

Minimum Wage

  • $15/hour for all employers

 

Ag Overtime

  • Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) for more than 9 hours per workday, 50 hours per workweek for "small" employers

Changes on January 1, 2024

Ag Overtime

  • Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) for more than 8.5 hours per workday, 45 hours per workweek for "small" employers

Changes on January 1, 2025

Ag Overtime

  • Overtime (1.5x regular rate of pay) for more than 8 hours per workday, 40 hours per workweek for "small" employers

  • Double time for more than 12 hours per workday for "small" employers