Tuesday, September 13, 2016

California Signs Over-time Pay Bill And A Host Of Unintended Consequences #MinWage

Good intentions designed to protect families and often associated with images of children almost always produces unexpected economic and social outcome in the world of free markets and capitalism. Competitive, cost-conscious farms will likely respond to the overtime-pay bill by cutting hours worked and rotating the workforce for no other reason than field labor is not skilled enough to warrant the extra expense. The bill designed to 'protect' will likely force many field hands to seek a secondary sources of income.

Headline: Gov. Brown signs overtime-pay bill for farmworkers

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that will give farmworkers in California overtime after an eight-hour day, a move advocates say will right a decades-old injustice. Under current law, farmworkers receive time and a half only after a 10-hour shift. The bill that Brown signed, AB1066 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, will gradually move that threshold down to eight hours, putting it in line with the law for other workers in the state.



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