Tag Archives: overtime

Washington farm groups turn against overtime bill

From the Capital Press Washington farm groups are now opposing a Senate bill granting farmworkers time-and-a-half pay after 40 hours in a week, unless the House lifts the threshold to 50 hours for 12 weeks a year. Read the full story here. Read More »

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 ... Read More »

WAWG past president testifies in support of SB 5172

This week, Nicole Berg, a farmer from Benton County, a past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and vice president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, testified in support of SB 5172, a bill concerning the retroactivity of overtime claims in exceptional cases. More than 150 people were signed up to testify. Here is Berg’s testimony, which ... Read More »