FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR # 97-19
Thursday, April 3, 1997

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


IWC Hearing On Flexible Workweek

SAN FRANCISCO--The Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) will hold the last of three public hearings on a proposal to conform California overtime rules to Federal law. This is the final hearing at which public testimony will be taken. In addition to the general public, employees and employers, testimony is also expected from state legislators and business and labor leaders. The hearing is scheduled for:

Los Angeles--
Friday, April 4, 1997
10 a.m. State Office Building
107 South Broadway
Auditorium, First Floor

The hearing will address Section 3 in the Industrial Welfare Commission 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 is reviewing these proposals and accepting public comment after holding five investigative public hearings and five wage boards (One for each of the five orders).

Written comment will be accepted until close of business on 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.

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