September 12 2016

Governor Brown signs bill expanding California’s eight-hour overtime law to include agriculture laborers

Sacramento, Calif., (September 12, 2016) – The California Endowment commends Governor Jerry Brown for signing and  Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) for authoring Assembly Bill 1066 that will require farmworkers be paid overtime for more than eight hours of work in the fields, by the year 2022. The four-year phase-in implementation of the law will begin in 2019.

“This new law will benefit the health and well-being of nearly a million migrant farmworkers who work tirelessly to plant, cultivate, and harvest California’s agriculture for families across the country and world,” Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President for The California Endowment. “I applaud Governor Brown for this bold step, and demonstrating California’s continued leadership towards honoring the contributions of all people, especially our immigrants who often go unrecognized.”

According to a 2014 UC Davis report on California Agricultural Employment, California employs approximately 800,000 farmworkers a year – over 30 percent of the nation’s total farm labor force.

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The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org