We are under attack!
The California Rural Legal Assistance and farm labor activists are actively seeking to require compensation to all workers for time spent on company-provided voluntary transportation shuttles between home and worksites as part of their workday. Mandated travel time lawsuits continue to be filed throughout California against ag employers. This is a real threat for all ag employers as it will increase employer liability, require a significant increase in compensation, and impact meals, breaks and overtime while decreasing employee production just as new overtime requirements and minimum wage increases are about to take effect. Any settlement or legislative fix will open the floodgates to increased litigation as predatory attorneys will move quickly to file claims against ag employers throughout California. How significant are the economic impacts? Staggering!
- Ag employers' labor costs will rise nearly 10% by 2020 and another 32% by 2023 due to changes in minimum wage and overtime requirements.
- The addition of mandatory travel pay would result in an additional 31% cost increase per worker per day by 2020 and an additional 36% increase per worker per day by 2023.
It is critical that all ag employers and FLCs come together now to defend the industry from unfair new cost burdens and preserve existing voluntary transportation arrangements. Come hear Mike Saqui and John Segale discuss both the legal threat and economic impact of mandated travel for ag employers. Please invite your company colleagues and your FLC.
This is a free event, but space is limited.
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: California Fresh Fruit Association, 7647 N. Fresno Street in Fresno