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State lawmakers want hearings on farmworkers bill

State lawmakers want hearings on farmworkers bill

May 15, 2019 05:26 PM

Republicans in the Assembly are saying "hold on" when it comes to reforming working rules for farm workers. 

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is asking Speaker Heastie to hold hearings on the "Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act."

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The bill was introduced earlier this month. If passed, it would give farm workers guaranteed days off, workers comp benefits and a 40-hour work week.   

Family farmers say it's too costly to run a farm under those conditions.

Rest periods or a strike could damage crops and livestock.

Kolb has not heard back from Speaker Heastie on his request.


MORE INFORMATION: Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

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