FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR # 97-17
Thursday, March 20, 1997

CONTACT:
Rick Rice
Louis Bonsignore
(415) 972-8835


IWC Hearing On Flexible Workweek

SAN FRANCISCO--The Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) will hold the second of three public hearings regarding the regulatory proposal to make California's workweek more worker-friendly. The hearing is scheduled for:

Oakland--
Friday, March 21, 1997
10 a.m. Cal-Trans Building
111 Grand Ave.
Auditorium, First Floor

The hearing will address Section 3 in Wage Orders 1, 4, 5, 7 and 9 covering manufacturing; mechanical, clerical, technical and professional occupations; hotels, restaurants, and hospitals (public housekeeping), retail, wholesale and sales (mercantile), and the transportation industry. Anyone employed in those various industries or occupations covered by a collective bargaining agreement is not affected by a change in the wage order.

The hearing will also address the Commission proposals to amend: Section 2 in each of the five orders to allow administrative, executive and professional employees increased flexibility to parallel federal law; Section 11 in each of the five orders to allow employees to voluntarily waive a meal period under certain protective conditions; and the IWC proposal to exempt specific commissioned employees covered by Order 5.

The IWC presents these proposals for public comment after holding five investigative public hearings and five wage boards. (One for each of the five orders.) The public and press are welcome to attend.

Written comment will be accepted until April 4 and may be submitted to: Industrial Welfare Commission, P.O. Box 420603 San Francisco CA 94142-0603 preferably with eight (8) copies. Comments may also be faxed to (415) 972-8867.

A third hearing is scheduled for April 4 in Los Angeles.

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