Massachusetts SJC rules employees at Chang & Sons farm in Whately are entitled to overtime

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:46 -- Editor

By Patrick Johnson
masslive.com
March 15, 2019

BOSTON — The state’s highest court on Friday reversed a lower-court ruling and decided that employees at a Franklin County farm are entitled to be paid overtime because the work they performed at the farm was not the same as farming.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday ruled in favor of the 15 plaintiffs in the case of Ana Arias-Villano and others vs. Chang & Sons Enterprises of South Deerfield. It ordered the case be returned to the superior court level for reconsideration.

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Mass. High Court Considers Whether Farm Workers Should've Gotten Overtime Pay

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:44 -- Editor

Mass. High Court Considers Whether Farm Workers Should've Gotten Overtime Pay
By ADAM FRENIER • NOV 5, 2018
Photo By JOE DIFAZIO - WBUR

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Monday took up the definitions of farming and agriculture.

And those two terms are central to whether some former workers should have received overtime pay at a Whatley, Massachusetts, company that produces bean sprouts.

Farm workers in the state receive a lower minimum wage than others, and are not eligible for overtime pay.

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