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H0500.........................................by ROBISON, BIETER, AND TRAIL
FARM WORKERS - MINIMUM WAGE - Amends and adds to existing law to provide,
effective January 1, 2002, a minimum wage law for farm workers and for
agricultural piece rate workers; to provide that overtime provisions shall
not apply to an individual employed in agriculture; and to provide
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 500
BY ROBISON, BIETER, AND TRAIL
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGES FOR AGRICULTURAL WORKERS; AMENDING SECTION 44-1504,
3 IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE APPLICATION OF A MINIMUM WAGE LAW FOR AGRICULTURAL
4 LABOR, TO PROVIDE THAT OVERTIME PROVISIONS SHALL NOT APPLY TO AN INDIVID-
5 UAL EMPLOYED IN AGRICULTURE AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION; AMENDING
6 TITLE 44, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW CHAPTER 16, TITLE 44, IDAHO
7 CODE, TO PROVIDE A MINIMUM WAGE FOR AGRICULTURAL PIECE RATE WORKERS AND TO
8 PROVIDE RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
10 SECTION 1. That Section 44-1504, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
11 amended to read as follows:
12 44-1504. EMPLOYEES EXCEPTED FROM PROVISIONS OF ACT. The provisions of
13 this act shall not apply to any employee employed in a bona fide executive,
14 administrative, or professional capacity, to agricultural labor as that term
15 is defined in section 72-1304, Idaho Code, to anyone engaged in domestic ser-
16 vice, to any individual employed as an outside salesman, to seasonal employees
17 of a nonprofit camping program, or to any child under the age of sixteen (16)
18 years working part-time or at odd jobs not exceeding a total of four (4) hours
19 per day with any one (1) employer. The provisions of chapter 16, title 44,
20 Idaho Code, shall apply to agricultural labor as that term is defined in sec-
21 tion 72-1304, Idaho Code. The overtime provisions of this act shall not apply
22 to an individual employed in agriculture.
23 SECTION 2. That Title 44, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended
24 by the addition thereto of a NEW CHAPTER, to be known and designated as Chap-
25 ter 16, Title 44, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
26 CHAPTER 16
27 MINIMUM WAGE -- AGRICULTURAL PIECE RATE WORKERS
28 44-1601. MINIMUM WAGE FOR AGRICULTURAL PIECE RATE WORKERS. When an agri-
29 cultural worker is paid by a piece rate, the wages received by the worker must
30 equal at least the minimum hourly wage as provided for in section 44-1502,
31 Idaho Code. In order to ensure that the worker receives at least the minimum
32 hourly wage, the employer shall maintain records of the piece rate, the number
33 of pieces or units achieved, and the hours worked by the worker.
34 SECTION 3. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after Janu-
35 ary 1, 2002.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation would extend the $5.15 Idaho minimum wage to cover farm workers providing
for them the same policy that now applies to more than 500,000 non-farm workers. Farm
workers would be covered effective January 1,2002. The legislation:
1. Would not eliminate use of the piece rate but would require that a person employed on a piece
rate is able to earn the equivalent of the minimum wage.
2. Would exclude farm workers from the overtime pay provision that applies to most Idaho
3. Would allow farmers to receive credit if they provide housing or food.
4. Would allow a training wage of $4.25 an hour for employees under age 20 for the first 90
consecutive days of employment.
5. The Idaho law limiting child labor for children under age 14 does not apply to farm workers
and that would continue.
While larger farm operations (employing 500 man-days of labor per quarter) are covered by the
federal minimum wage, and many Idaho Farmers choose to pay the minimum wage or more,
surveys show that substantial numbers of Idaho farm workers do not receive the minimum wage.
There are 11,000 children of Idaho farm workers in Idaho public schools. If they are to succeed
their parents need to be able to earn at least the minimum wage.
In the 2002 fiscal year a general fund appropriation of $120,000 would be required for the wage
and hour division of the Department of Labor to administer the change in the law.
CONTACT: Rep. Ken Robison 332-1000
Rep. Tom Trail 332-1000
Rep. David Bieter 332-1000
Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt 467-6643
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE H 500