California AB 1513 Piece-Rate/Safe Harbor FAQs
The California Department of Industrial Relations and the Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS) have published frequently-asked questions (FAQs) and a Fact Sheet about AB 1513, legislation passed in 2015 that became effective on January 1, 2016.
AB 1513 established minimum standards for compensation of rest and recovery time during periods when employees are compensated on a piece-rate basis, and for compensation of time during which employees are not producing income-generating pieces due to the employer’s actions or directions (for example, during safety trainings).
AB 1513 also provided an optional “safe harbor” under which an employer who may not have compensated piece-rate employees as required by the Bluford and Gonzales court decisions from 2013 may obtain an affirmative defense against any related civil claim by paying employees back wages according to one of two methods specified by AB 1513.
- January 1, 2016 – “Going forward” requirements took effect
- July 1, 2016 – Deadline to file notice of election to take advantage of the safe harbor option.
- December 15, 2016 – Deadline for completing all safe harbor payments.
Source: CA DIR / Farm Employers Labor Service | 2016 © Copyright Payroll Masters
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