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As of January 1, overtime pay required for farmworkers

Greta Mart/KCBX
Farmworkers in the Salinas Valley.

In many jobs, overtime pay kicks in after you work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours in a week. But that doesn't apply to farmworkers.

A 2016 lawthat will phase in new overtime rules for farmworkers goes into effect in January.

'Ag' employees will earn overtime after working nine and a half hours in a day or 55 hours in a week. But that's only for businesses that employ at least 26 people.

It will take four years to phase in these rules. Companies that employ less than 25 people have an additional three years to comply.

The law comes at a time when labor shortages remain a top concern for many California growers. This year many employers will also absorb a minimum wage increase from 11 to 12 dollars an hour.

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