SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmworkers would be paid overtime after working an eight-hour day or 40 hours in a week, the same as other non-management employees, under a bill approved by the state Senate.
Farm laborers currently are paid overtime after working 10 hours in a day or a 60-hour week.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, vetoed a similar bill, but supporters hope Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, will sign it.
Republican lawmakers said AB1313 will end up hurting laborers because farm owners will cut their hours or switch to crops that can be harvested mechanically rather than pay overtime.
Sen. Joe Simitian, a Democrat from Palo Alto, calls ending the exemption a matter of "fairness, equity and simple commonsense."
The Senate approved the bill 22-15 Monday, sending it to the Assembly.