ALBANY — As part of the 2019 Farm Labor Bill, the state Commissioner of Labor is required to convene a wage board to hold hearings.

The hearings are meant to solicit input about the new law’s impact and make recommendations for overtime work.

Under the 2019 Farm Labor Bill, farm workers became eligible for overtime compensation starting in 2020, for any work exceeding 60 hours per week.

“I would encourage all farmers and farm workers to submit their testimony to the Board,” said State Sen. Michael Ransehnofer, R-Amherst, in a news release. “It is so important that our upstate farmers be heard and respected. Last year, when I hosted a farm roundtable, tour and community meeting with the bill’s sponsor, Senator Ramos, we heard many concerns from both farm workers and farm owners.

“I know this bill was detrimental to our local farms and upstate economy and I fervently hope that our farmers and farm workers take the time to express their concerns with the wage board,” he continued. “Agriculture is a huge part of the economy of New York state and upstate. These concerns need to be heard.”

To submit your testimonial, email wageboard@labor.ny.gov. Those interested may also find the links to Zoom virtual meetings of the hearings on the State Labor website at www.labor.ny.gov.

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