senate Bill S6578

Signed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

Enacts the farm laborers fair labor practices act, granting collective bargaining rights, workers' compensation and unemployment benefits to farm laborers

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A8419 - Signed by Governor

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jul 17, 2019 signed chap.105
Jul 16, 2019 delivered to governor
Jun 19, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1664
substituted for s6578
Jun 19, 2019 substituted by a8419
Jun 18, 2019 ordered to third reading cal.1664
Jun 16, 2019 referred to rules


S6578 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Amd Lab L, generally; amd §225, Pub Health L; amd §§3, 51, 120 & 201, add §110-b, Work Comp L

S6578 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the farm laborers fair labor practices act: grants collective bargaining rights to farm laborers; requires employers of farm laborers to allow at least 24 consecutive hours of rest each week; provides for an 8 hour work day for farm laborers; requires overtime rate at one and one-half times normal rate (view more) makes provisions of unemployment insurance law applicable to farm laborers; provides sanitary code shall apply to all farm and food processing labor camps intended to house migrant workers, regardless of the number of occupants; provides for eligibility of farm laborers for workers' compensation benefits; requires employers of farm laborers to provide such farm laborers with claim forms for workers' compensation claims under certain conditions; requires reporting of injuries to employers of farm laborers.

S6578 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6578 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 16, 2019

Introduced  by  Sen. RAMOS -- (at request of the Governor) -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Rules

AN ACT to amend the  labor  law,  in  relation  to  granting  collective
  bargaining  rights to farm laborers and allowing farm laborers one day
  of rest each week and including farm laborers  within  the  provisions
  pertaining  to  overtime  compensation  and unemployment insurance; to
  amend the public health law, in relation to  the  application  of  the
  sanitary  code to all farm and food processing labor camps for migrant
  workers; to amend the workers' compensation law, in  relation  to  the
  eligibility  of  farm  laborers for workers' compensation benefits and
  the provision of claim forms to farm laborers injured in the course of
  employment and in relation to service as farm laborers; to  amend  the
  labor  law,  in relation to labor on a farm and regulating the employ-
  ment of certain  employees  whose  earning  capacity  is  affected  or
  impaired  by  youth or age; and to amend the labor law, in relation to
  unfair labor practices, impasse resolution procedures and the  conven-
  ing of a farm laborers wage board


  Section 1. This act shall be known and  may  be  cited  as  the  "farm
laborers fair labor practices act".
  §  2.  Legislative  findings and intent. 1. The legislature finds that
agriculture is one of New York's leading and most important  industries,
resulting in over $5 billion annually and making New York a global lead-
er in many crops and agricultural products.  Agriculture plays an essen-
tial  role  in  the  continued  economic growth and vitality of New York
state.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture's  2017
Agricultural  Census, 98% of New York's farms are family owned and these
farms contributed $2.4 billion to the state's GDP in 2017.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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