AB 2757

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2015-2016 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly Feb 19, 2016
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Agricultural workers: wages, hours, and working conditions.


Existing law sets wage, hour, meal break requirements, and other working conditions for employees and requires an employer to pay overtime wages as specified to an employee who works in excess of a workday or workweek, as defined, and imposes criminal penalties for the violation of these requirements. Existing law exempts agricultural employees from these requirements. Under existing law, the function of the Department of Industrial Relations is to, among other things, foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of California, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment. This bill would remove the exemption for agricultural employees regarding hours, meal breaks, and other working conditions, including specified wage requirements, and would create a schedule that would phase in overtime requirements for agricultural workers, as defined, over the course of 4 years, from 2019 to 2022, inclusive. Beginning January 1, 2022, the bill would require any work performed by a person, employed in an agricultural occupation, in excess of 12 hours in one day to be compensated at the rate of no less than twice the employee's regular rate of pay. The bill would authorize the Governor to delay the implementation of these overtime pay provisions if the Governor also suspends the implementation of a scheduled state minimum wage increase, as specified. The bill would require the Department of Industrial Relations to update a specified wage order for consistency with these provisions. The bill would create a state-mandated local program by including agricultural employees as a class of employees protected by criminal penalties under existing law. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Sponsors (27)



Jun 02, 2016


Assembly Rule 69 suspended. (Ayes 51. Noes 26. Page 5207.)


Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 38. Noes 35. Page 5218.).


Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading. (Ayes 45. Noes 28. Page 5207.)


Assembly Rule 63 suspended. (Page 5166.)


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jun 01, 2016


Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

May 31, 2016


From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 14. Noes 6.) (May 27).

Apr 20, 2016


In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR. suspense file. APPR

Apr 07, 2016


From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (April 6). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
Com. on APPR.

Mar 31, 2016


Re-referred to Com. on L. & E.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L. & E.

Mar 30, 2016


From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on L. & E. Read second time and amended.

Mar 10, 2016


Referred to Com. on L. & E.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L. & E.

Feb 22, 2016


Read first time.

Feb 21, 2016


From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

Feb 19, 2016


Introduced. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/19/16 - Introduced PDF
03/30/16 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/01/16 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/02/16 - Amended Assembly PDF

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