New York - Workers’ Rights

Definition of agricultural worker under state law:

• The term employment includes agricultural labor and farm labor, including all services performed in agricultural employment in connection with cultivating the soil or raising or harvesting agricultural commodities, such as raising, shearing, caring for, and managing livestock, poultry, or dairy, the measure said.

Wages and Overtime

Minimum Wage



State Enforcement Agency

New York State Department of Labor, Division of Labor Standards


Occupational Safety and Health

Workers’ Compensation

State Enforcement Agency:
New York Workers’ Compensation Board

Relevant Forms:

Field Sanitation

State Enforcement Agency:
Department of Labor


Pesticide Safety

State Enforcement Agency:
New York Department of Environmental Conservation


Right to Join Unions and Collective Bargaining in Agriculture

State Legal Services Organizations

Cornell Law School Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic

Justice in Motion

Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Farmworker Law Project

Worker Justice Center of New York, Inc.