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Statement of public policy; findings
§ 670. Statement of public policy; findings. The legislature of the
state of New York declares that it is the public policy of the state and
the purpose of this act that minimum wage standards shall apply to farm
workers, so as to eliminate as rapidly as practicable the employment of
farm workers at wages insufficient to provide adequate maintenance and
protection of health, without substantially curtailing opportunities for
employment or earning power.

The legislature hereby finds that the establishment of minimum wage
standards for farm laborers involves distinct and unusual problems; that
the agricultural labor force is made up of regular all-year workers as
well as short-term seasonal workers; that although some workers are paid
on an hourly basis, many are paid on a piecework, weekly, monthly, or
other basis; and that the agricultural industry is particularly affected
by weather and market conditions and by perishability of products.
Accordingly, the legislature further declares that it is the purpose of
this act to provide a flexible approach with full consideration of the
unusual problems involved.