Agriculture, Oregon, Salem

Oregon Legislature passes bill mandating overtime pay for farmworkers

Oregon is headed towards becoming the eighth state to mandate overtime pay for farmworkers.

The pay bill passed its final legislative hurdle on Thursday and heads to Gov. Kate Brown, who appears ready to sign the new requirement into law. That means an estimated 86,000 farmworkers next year will get overtime pay – a benefit they haven’t been legally entitled to for more than 80 years.

The Senate passed House Bill 4002 with 17 Democrats in favor and 10 Republicans against. Earlier, it passed the House on a party line vote of 37 to 23. The bill now goes to Brown. A spokeswoman in her office indicated on Thursday that she supports the bill.

“Governor Brown believes that we must strike a balance between supporting our hardworking farmworkers – many . . .

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