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Farmworkers, growers dissatisfied after overtime change

Uncomfortable adjustments are under way now that California farm operations with 26 or more employees have to pay one and a half times the regular rate for work done after eight hours in a day and more than 40 in a week.

The change has been confining for an industry accustomed to working six days per week, often 10 hours per day, without incurring overtime. It so happened the new rules hit Jan. 1, the day state law required those same employers to pay a minimum of $15 per hour.