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HOUSE BILL NO. 585
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H0585.................................................by ROBISON AND BIETER
AGRICULTURAL LABOR - Amends existing law to apply the state's minimum wage
law to agricultural labor.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 585
BY ROBISON AND BIETER
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO THE MINIMUM WAGE LAW; AMENDING SECTION 44-1504, IDAHO CODE, TO
3 DELETE THE EXEMPTION FOR AGRICULTURAL LABOR.
4 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
5 SECTION 1. That Section 44-1504, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
6 amended to read as follows:
7 44-1504. EMPLOYEES EXCEPTED FROM PROVISIONS OF ACT. The provisions of
8 this act shall not apply to any employee employed in a bona fide executive,
9 administrative, or professional capacity, to agricultural labor as that
10 term is defined in section 72-1304, Idaho Code, to anyone engaged in
11 domestic service, to any individual employed as an outside salesman, to sea-
12 sonal employees of a nonprofit camping program, or to any child under the age
13 of sixteen (16) years working part time or at odd jobs not exceeding a total
14 of four (4) hours per day with any one (1) employer.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation would extend the Idaho minimum wage law to
farm workers. Presently agricultural employers who use more
than 500 man days of labor per quarter are required to pay the
federal minimum wage. This is equal to 100 workers for five
days, or seven full-time year around. Other farmers pay the
minimum wage, or more, even though it is not required by law.
This legislation would benefit workers who are not covered by
the federal law and presently do not receive the equivalent of
the Idaho minimum wage.
This legislation would add to the work load of the wage and
hour division of the Idaho Department of Labor. Presently
four compliance officers handle a total of 1,500 claims a
year. The added work load is estimated at 500 claims a year
and would require at least one additional staff person at a
cost of $60,000 a year from the general fund.
CONTACT: Representative Robison
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE
Bill No. H 585