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California Farm Workers Demand New Labor Law

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In June 2012, hundreds of farm from throughout the state of California gathered in Sacramento, Calif., to urge the state government to ensure they are paid overtime wages. Existing law requires overtime pay for employees for hours worked in excess of a defined work day or work week, but farmers are exempt from the law’s coverage. California Bill AB 1313 would remove the exemption. Since 36% of all farm in the U.S. and 44% of all …

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New Facebook Resource Collects Stories About Injured Farm Workers

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Farm accidents are so common there’s even a Facebook page dedicated to them: Stop Farm Accidents. Launched in 2012, the website is dedicated to collecting stories about injured farmers. The site collects stories about Irish farm injured or killed on the job and offers videos that detail first-hand accounts of “rushing against time, working alone, taking just one risk too far.” “Most farmers think [accidents] will never happen to them,” Stop Farm Accidents says. “Then …

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Youth Farming Fatalities

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Did You Know? More than 300,000 farmers in the United States are under age 18. Farm accidents claim up to 300 children’s lives per year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and more than 26,000 are injured. Youth are four times more likely to be killed while performing farm work than those in all other industries combined. U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Proposed Youth Farm Labor Rules On May 1, 2012, the U.S. Department …

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National AgrAbility Project Assists Farm Workers with Disabilities

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Have you been disabled as a result of working on the farm? Do you need help with retraining, on-the-farm assessments or assistive technology as a result of a disability? If so, you’re not alone. Many farmers are disabled on the job, yet they are able to remain gainfully employed with the help of organizations such as the National AgrAbility Project. The National AgrAbility Project assists farm with disabilities in achieving independence as they continue to work …

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Farm Workers 800% More Likely to Die on the Job

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Did you know farm workers are 800% more likely to die on the job than in other industries? Farm Workers Have High Fatality Rates That’s a staggering statistic! And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatalities and injuries among agricultural are on the rise. The unfortunate truth is that if you’re a farm worker, you’re working in one of the most hazardous industries in the nation. The National Safety Council reports that of the …

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