BILL NUMBER: SB 1134	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  151
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  JULY 16, 2004
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  JULY 15, 2004
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  JULY 2, 2004
	PASSED THE SENATE  MAY 10, 2004
	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 16, 2004

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Chesbro
   (Coauthor: Assembly Member Berg)

                        JANUARY 20, 2004

   An act to amend Section 1393.5 of the Labor Code, relating to
employment.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1134, Chesbro.  Employment of minors:  agricultural packing
plants.
   Existing law prescribes limits on the hours of employment of
minors, but authorizes the Labor Commissioner to grant an exemption
to employers operating agricultural packing plants for employment of
minors 16 and 17 years of age for up to 10 hours per nonschool day
during peak harvest season.  Under existing law, which will be
repealed January 1, 2005, that exemption may additionally authorize
employment of a minor who is enrolled in a school in Lake County to
be employed for more than 48, but not more than 60, hours a week upon
prior written approval by the Lake County Board of Education.
   Existing law also requires the Labor Commissioner, prior to
issuing the Lake County exemption or renewing an exemption, to
inspect an affected agricultural packing plant, and to file a written
report with the Legislature on or before March 1 of each year
describing the general working conditions of minors employed in the
agricultural packing industry during the past year, as specified.
Existing law further requires an affected employer, on or before
March 1 of each year, as a condition of receiving that exemption or a
renewal of that exemption, to file a written report to the Labor
Commissioner, as specified.
   This bill would extend the operation of those provisions until
January 1, 2008.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


  SECTION 1.  Section 1393.5 of the Labor Code is amended to read:
   1393.5.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article
or Article 2 (commencing with Section 49110) of Chapter 7 of Part 27
of the Education Code, an exemption issued pursuant to Section 1393
may authorize the employment of a minor, who is enrolled in any
public or private school in the County of Lake, for more than 48
hours but not more than 60 hours in any one week, only upon prior
written approval by the Lake County Board of Education.
   (b) Each year, the Labor Commissioner, prior to issuing or
renewing an exemption under this section, shall inspect the affected
agricultural packing plant.
   (c) As a condition of receiving an exemption or a renewal of an
exemption under this section, an affected employer shall, on or
before March 1 of each year, file a written report to the Labor
Commissioner that contains the following employment information
regarding the employer's prior year's payroll:
   (1) The number of minors employed by that employer.
   (2) A list of the age and hours worked on a weekly basis of each
minor employed.
   (d) The Labor Commissioner shall submit a written report to the
Legislature, on or before March 1 of each year, that describes the
general working conditions of minors employed in the agricultural
packing industry during the past year, and that includes all of the
following information:
   (1) The number of minors employed in the agricultural packing
industry.
   (2) The number of exemptions issued, renewed, or denied pursuant
to this section.
   (3) A summary of the inspections conducted by the Labor
Commissioner pursuant to this section.
   (4) The number of workplace injuries that occurred to minors at
agricultural packing plants.
   (5) The number of violations of labor laws and regulations that
occurred at agricultural packing plants.
   (e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,
2008, and as of that date is repealed.