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Buttenschon pens letter opposing lower farm OT threshold

Posted 9/8/22

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, has drafted a letter to Roberta Reardon, the state commissioner of labor, outlining her concerns regarding a proposed lower overtime threshold.

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Buttenschon pens letter opposing lower farm OT threshold

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UTICA — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, has drafted a letter to Roberta Reardon, the state commissioner of labor, outlining her concerns regarding a proposed lower overtime threshold for farm workers.

The proposal would lower the OT threshold from 60 hours to 40 hours, a move, Buttenschon said, that would hurt family farmers and the state’s agricultural economy.

“Our farmers must rely on weather conditions to work. Thus, they need the freedom to work the hours that are available to them, rather than having to cut their workdays short,” the assemblywoman said. “A lower threshold will not only hurt the agriculture industry.”

“Our farmers will be forced to incur thousands of dollars in overtime costs unless you place a hold on the Wage Board decision until we receive more data from our farmers,” the Marcy Democrat added. “We need to protect our farmers, and we can do this by giving them the freedom to work when it best serves their needs.”

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