Farmworkers to Get Increased Overtime Pay, 40-Hour Work Week Under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

Workers harvest strawberries at a farm March 13, 2013, near Oxnard. (Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Workers harvest strawberries at a farm March 13, 2013, near Oxnard. (Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

With little fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed historic legislation that would expand overtime pay for California farmworkers.

Assembly Bill 1066, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena S. Gonzalez (D-San Diego), calls for a phase-in of new overtime rules over four years beginning in 2019.

It would lower the current 10-hour-day threshold for overtime by half an hour each year until it reaches the standard eight-hour day by 2022. It also would phase in a 40-hour standard workweek for the first time. The governor would be able to suspend any part of the process for a year depending on economic conditions.

The decision followed intense showdowns on the floor of the state Assembly, where a similar proposal died in June a few votes short of the majority it needed to pass.

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