Although most farm workers are paid above the minimum wage level, it does serve as a floor for all wage rates. The state minimum wage and piecework rates should not exceed the federal minimum wage.
Economic development initiatives are important to the future of Michigan agriculture. We oppose any attempts to mandate union wage scales in economic development projects involving agriculture.
We oppose Workers’ Compensation rules that mandate fringe benefits (e.g., housing, health insurance) being included in the base-rate premium. We support the continued full liability coverage for employers who exercise due diligence in employee verification.
We oppose all local units of government setting a minimum wage rate.
We oppose any additional tax on payroll wages for health care.
Recently more and more farms have added roadside markets and agri-tourism venues to their mix. We believe the Department of Labor should view any and all labor that is used for roadside markets and agri-tourism venues to be considered ag employees. We encourage Michigan Farm Bureau to work with MI-OSHA to develop and improve agricultural classification codes.