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Sources claim Colorado’s new overtime pay rules for agricultural workers are too weak

Regulations from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment would phase in overtime pay, equivalent to time-and-a-half, over a few years, with farm workers receiving overtime after working 60 hours a week starting in 2022

But according to a coalition of groups that helped pass this year’s sweeping expansion of labor rights for people who work on the state’s farms and ranches, the new overtime pay rule for Colorado agricultural workers doesn’t go far enough.

Hunter Knapp, development director for the advocacy group Project Protect Food Systems Workers, claimed that the final rule should have given farm workers the same overtime benefits as workers in other industries.. Instead, the regulations, issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, reflect “the perspectives of the agricultural industry rather than the perspective of workers shared throughout the rulemaking process,” he said.


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