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What is the overtime rule for wages for Agriculture labor?

Updated: Aug 4, 2023


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Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), agricultural employers are generally required to pay overtime to their employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek. However, there are certain exemptions and special rules that apply to agricultural workers.

The FLSA provides an exemption for certain types of agricultural workers, such as those employed in small farms or in some types of agricultural operations that are exempt from the FLSA's overtime requirements. However, most agricultural workers are covered by the FLSA's overtime rules.

Agricultural employers must pay overtime at a rate of one and a half times the worker's regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The regular rate of pay for agricultural workers is typically based on the worker's hourly rate, but may also include certain types of bonuses, piece-rate pay, and other forms of compensation.

It is important for agricultural employers to keep accurate records of their workers' hours worked and pay rates, and to ensure that they are in compliance with all federal and state overtime laws. Failure to pay overtime to eligible workers can result in penalties, fines, and other legal liabilities for the employer.


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