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Farm Worker Bill Awaiting Action in State Senate


The New York Assembly has passed legislation that would give the state's farm workers a variety of new rights and require that their employers provide workers' compensation coverage.


The Assembly voted 83-53 on May 13 to adopt the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, filed this session as Assembly 1792. A similar bill, Senate 1746, is pending in the Senate. The Senate bill has been cosponsored by 26 Democrats.


The legislation provides farm workers with collective-bargaining rights, guarantees them one day off a week, requires the payment of overtime and removes the exemption for farm laborers from the definition of "employment" in the New York State Workers' Compensation Law.


The bill also requires employers to report any job-related injury suffered by a farm worker to the State Workers' Compensation Board.


The bills are favored by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York-based Rural and Migrant Ministry but are opposed by the New York Farm Bureau. According to news reports, Gov.


Andrew Cuomo also supports the legislation.


A 1792 is here.



Source: WorkCompCentral

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