New York lawmakers were slated to vote soon on a fast-tracked farm labor overtime bill until a state senator demanded that the legislation be referred to the Agriculture Committee last week. The legislation creates a 10 hour per day threshold for overtime, accompanied by a weekly overtime rate that will become 55 hours per week by 2013.

The bill, which is deemed to be the more restrictive ag labor law in the country, had passed out of the New York Senate Labor Committee, and had already passed the state Assembly. According to Dunkirk, New York’s The Observer, the legislation was not even scheduled for an Agriculture Committee review until state Sen. Catharine Young and several of her colleagues intervened and demanded the bill be referred.

The bill is extremely unpopular among agricultural interests, with many ag group arguing that the proposed legislation would put New York producers at a serious competitive disadvantage.

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Source: The Observer