Editorial: Mandatory OT will facilitate automation

From the Capital Press

In some sense, it’s difficult to argue against the “fairness” of paying farmworkers overtime.

Time has value, and in an ideal world every employee’s time would be held equally dear. In the real world, however, things aren’t that neat and other factors come into play.

The Fair Labor Standards Act, passed by Congress in 1938, established a federal minimum wage and provided for overtime pay for work over 40 hours. The act also provided 19 job classifications, including farmworkers, that are exempt from the overtime rule.

Legislators in Oregon and Washington want to end the exemption for farmworkers in their states. Read the rest here.