IR # 97-52
Thursday, October 9, 1997

Rick Rice
Dean Fryer
(415) 972-8835

Governor Wilson Scores Home Run With DIR

SAN FRANCISCO -- John Duncan, Acting Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), today praised Governor Wilson's decision to sign AB 1363, "the bat boy/bat girl bill," by Assemblyman Machado.

"We were happy to be part of this process," Duncan said. "DIR has worked closely with the author to draft this bill in order to expand the hours children may be employed as bat boys and girls at professional baseball games while providing the necessary protections to ensure their academic progress in school."

"Previous state law failed to recognize the specific needs of children taking part in this activity and as a result it restricted their involvement unnecessarily," Duncan said. Duncan noted that any easing of state standards governing the hours in which children may be employed needed to be accompanied by protections governing their continued success in school. "This bill reached the appropriate balance for concerned parents and should be a home run with the kids as well," he said. "It will provide protections while giving children the opportunity to interact with their role models."

AB 1363 will authorize minors aged 14 and 15 to work providing sports-attending services at professional games until 12:30 a.m. during any evening preceding a non-school day and until 10:00 p.m. any evening preceding a school day. Further, it requires the school authority which issues a participating child's work permit to monitor the academic achievement of the child to ensure that his or her educational progress is being maintained or improves during the period of employment.

AB 1363 is an urgency measure and will go into effect immediately. The provisions of this law will be enforced by the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.