Mandated Travel Pay Lawsuits Threatens California Agriculture
Throughout California, many ag employers provide buses and vans to transport ag workers voluntarily to and from the fields. Voluntary company-provided transportation makes sense for both ag employers and workers alike.
Now, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) is filing lawsuits throughout California challenging the use of company-provided buses, cars, and shuttles as a means of a voluntary transportation option for ag workers. CRLA is aiming for a favorable judgment in any of their lawsuits to create new compensation requirements for both domestic and H-2A workers who utilize free and voluntary employer-provided shuttles. If successful, CRLA would force new compensation rules that would create a huge economic burden for all ag employers and would incentivize all ag workers across the state to demand compensation for travel time. Travel pay on top of overtime rules and other regulations will create extraordinary and unsustainable pressure on the agricultural industry.