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Fairness for Farmworkers Act

Fairness for Farmworkers Coalition

Fairness for Farmworkers Act

2021-2022 Legislative Session

House 1979 sponsored by Representative Carlos Gonzalez

Senate 1205 sponsored by Senator Adam Gomez


This legislation would reform Massachusetts wage and hour law to allow all Massachusetts farmworkers:

To earn the same minimum wage as other workers in the state. Under current law, agricultural employers can pay farmworkers a poverty-level subminimum wage of $8 per hour. 

To earn overtime pay after 55 hours of work in a week. Under current law, agricultural employers are not required to pay any overtime. 

To take one day of rest each week. Under current law, agricultural employers are not required to afford farmworkers any days of rest. 


Links to bills:

House 1979:

Senate 1205:



Legislation fact sheet, bill text and section-by-section summary

Research paper: THE FRUITS OF THE PAST: The Unfair Consequences of Excluding Massachusetts Farmworkers from State Labor Law Protections and How the Fairness for Farmworkers Act Will Remedy That Injustice

Press Release, August 30, 2021: Fairness for Farmworkers Coalition Announces Campaign to Pass New Farmworker Rights Legislation in Massachusetts







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