The Division of Labor Standards enforces minimum wage standards (open in a new window) for farm workers. After a review of the application provided, we issue a certificate of registration to migrant farm labor contractors, growers and food processors that bring migrant farm labor into the State. We enforce compliance with the conditions set forth in the registration. We also issue permits to labor camp commissaries.
The Minimum Wage Order for Farm Workers applies only to farm workers employed on farms where the total cash remuneration paid all persons employed on the farm exceeded $3,000 in the previous calendar year.
The Minimum Wage Order for Farm Workers provides that all workers, with certain exceptions, must be paid at least $7.25 per hour. This does not include:
- Members of the employer's immediate family
- Minors under 17 years of age:
- Employed as hand-harvest workers on the same farm as their parents or guardians
- Paid on a piece-rate basis at the same rate as employees over 17
The wage order permits employers to deduct specified allowances from the minimum wage for:
- Lodging (except for seasonal migrant workers)
Payments in kind must cost no more than the farm market value.
Employers must post these items in a conspicuous place in their establishment:
- A summary of the wage order
- A copy of the general work agreement
- Employs five or more out-of-state migrants
- Even if they do not use the services of a Farm Labor Contractor
That charges a fee to:
- Supervise farm or food processing workers on behalf of a third party
The Grower or Processor that uses the contractor's services must countersign this Certificate of Registration.
Farm Labor Camp Commissaries Permit (open in a new window)(LS 113.1) - Any person who operates a Farm Labor Camp Commissary must first get a permit before starting operation.Youth Rate Certificate (open in a new window)(LS 415.1)- This certificate allows an agricultural employer, under certain conditions, to pay certain minors:
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