SECTION 1. Chapter 136 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following new
Section 17. Every person employed in seasonal agricultural and farm work as defined in section
2 of chapter 151 who is not the parent, child, spouse or other member of the employer’s
immediate family shall be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in each calendar week.
Twenty-four consecutive hours spent at rest due to circumstances such as inclement weather or
unfavorable crop conditions shall be deemed to constitute the rest required by this section. No
provision of this section shall prohibit an employee engaged in seasonal agricultural and farm
work from voluntarily agreeing to work on such day of rest required by this paragraph, provided
that the work is compensated at a rate which is at least one and one-half times the laborer's
regular rate of pay for all hours worked on such day of rest.
SECTION 2. Section 1A of chapter 151 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting at
the end of the first sentence, after the word “employed”, the following provision:
; provided, however, that with respect to employers employing employees engaged in seasonal
agricultural and farm work as defined in section 2, no employer in the commonwealth shall
employ any such employee for a work week longer than 55 hours unless such employee receives
compensation for his employment in excess of 55 hours at a rate not less than one and one-half
times the regular rate at which he is employed.
SECTION 3. Said section 1A of said chapter 151 is hereby further amended by striking out
SECTION 4. Section 2 of said chapter 151 is hereby amended by striking out, in the first
sentence of the definition of ‘Occupation,’ after the words “professional service”, the words
“agricultural and farm work,”.
SECTION 5. Said section 2 of said chapter 151 is hereby further amended by adding the
“Seasonal”, when modifying “agricultural and farm work” as used in this chapter, means labor
performed during a period of an agricultural business's operation of growing and harvesting (a)
lasting not more than 235 continuous days that includes the months of June, July and August, or
(b) beginning not earlier than the first day of August nor later than the first day of September and
lasting not more than 100 continuous days.
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