Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is backing an effort in Sacramento to expand overtime protections to state farmworkers.
The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would give farmworkers overtime after an eight-hour workday and establish a 40-hour workweek. Currently, farmworkers receive overtime after working 10 hours in a day.
Clinton, in a Feb. 29 letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), said the bill builds on the state’s long history of protecting farmworkers.