Angelino Disapproves of DOL Decision on Farm Overtime

Today, Assemblyman Joseph Angelino (R,C-Norwich) expressed his disapproval of the New York state Department of Labor’s decision to cap farm overtime to 40 hours by 2032. The reduction takes effect in the beginning of 2024 and will be phased in over the next 8 years. Farm workers will now be paid overtime after 40 hours instead of the current 60 hours, resulting in higher costs for farms after 40 hours are worked.

“As the assemblyman for a largely rural district, I can tell you this rule change will be disastrous for our farmers. At a time when the economy is struggling, we should be making it easier for hard-working folks to make a living, not harder. Farmers are the lifeblood of our state, and without them people will go hungry, so not only does this decision affect our great farmers, but also everyone throughout the state,” said Angelino.

This decision will result in extra costs for family-owned farms, many of which are already struggling with high inflation and labor shortages. Adding another burden of higher costs will only make it so more farms are forced out of business.

“It is sad to see that Commissioner Reardon did not listen to the farmers this would impact, if she had, she would realize that those most impacted by this decision do not want it implemented. Farming does not have a set work schedule, so to treat it as any other profession is not only a mistake but is insulting to those involved in it.It appears that Commissioner Reardon has forgotten the motto: "No farms, no food,” concluded Angelino.