ALBANY, N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which will apply to horse farm workers.

S.6578, sponsored by Senator Jessica Ramos, grants collective bargaining rights, workers’ compensation, and unemployment benefits to farm laborers.  It addresses the standards of working conditions and includes a measure to require overtime pay. The Fair Labor Practices Act also provides unemployment insurance, 24 consecutive hours of rest each week, and a sanitary code for all farm and food processing labor camps intended to house farm laborers.

The new regulations are set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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