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Parts of New York’s Farm Laborer Law Blocked For Now (Corrected)

Jan. 2, 2020, 2:54 PMUpdated: Jan. 2, 2020, 6:45 PM

A federal judge in Buffalo, N.Y., has put the brakes on enforcement of parts of a new state law that purportedly will aid farm workers by expanding their workplace rights, including the legal authority to unionize.

The New York Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act was supposed to take full effect Jan. 1. In addition to giving farm laborers collective bargaining rights for the first time, the new law allows them to receive overtime pay and entitles them to at least 24 consecutive hours of rest every seven days.

But the New York State Vegetable Growers Association Inc. and the...

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