Farmers voice opposition to overtime reduction

The New York State Farm Laborers Wage Board is considering a proposal that would lower the overtime threshold for farmers from 60 to 40 hours.

Republican lawmakers, along with farmers, gathered at a farm in Feura Bush on Monday to voice their opposition to the proposal.

Capital Region lawmakers and farmers say the change could have a devastating impact. Some farmers say they need their employees to work more than 40 hours, and that lowering the threshold could bankrupt them.

The wage board is set to meet again in September to vote on the measure.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to them, but they said they could not accommodate an interview at this time.