Do you understand the new overtime rules?
Farming is the kind of job that happens 24 hours a day and seven days a week, year-round. Time on the clock adds up quickly, which is why producers need to educate themselves on the new final rule on overtime pay within the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Agriculture workers are exempt, but some people on your payroll might be subject to the rules that go into effect Dec. 1—particularly if you operate a seed business, a custom farming enterprise, a creamery or a farm stand.
Who Qualifies? Across all industries, 4.2 million workers will be affected by the changes, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Farm workers must be paid for all work hours, says Paul Neiffer, CPA and principal at CliftonLarsonAllen and a Top Producer columnist. A farm employee who works 46 hours in a week must receive pay for that time at their regular rate.
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