IR #00-18
Tuesday, December 26, 2000

Dean Fryer
(415) 703-5050

New work rules Jan. 1 for most construction, drilling,
logging and mining workers

SAN FRANCISCO --California workers employed in on-site occupations in the construction, drilling, logging and mining industries have new workplace rules effective Jan. 1, 2001. Employees in these industries have worked without the overtime and work schedules in place in other industries. .

The Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC), which sets standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California, adopted the new wage order on Oct. 23. As in the other 15 wage orders for California industries and occupation groups, IWC Order 16 regulates minimum wage and overtime, alternative work week schedules and make-up time, meals and rest periods, uniforms and equipment, and other standards for those engaged in on-site construction, drilling, logging and mining

IWC Order 16 requires, for the first time in these occupations, payment of overtime for work performed between eight and 12 hours in a workday and for the first eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive workday. In addition, double time is now required after 12 hours in a workday and after eight hours on the seventh consecutive day in any workweek. Also included are provisions for an alternative work schedule in which employees could work up to 10 hours a day without incurring overtime and make up lost time resulting from personal obligations.

Order 16 applies to employees in on-site construction, such as remodeling, building, excavations, demolitions, renovations, and other work that requires a contractor's license. Those covered in the drilling industry include employees whose work requires them to drill, repair and rework wells for exploration or extraction of oil, gas and water resources. Employees working in logging for which a timber operator's license is required are also covered by the new wage order. Workers required to mine pits, quarries and surface or underground mines for exploration or extraction of nonmetallic materials and ores, coal, and building materials such as stone and gravel are also included.

The full language of Order 16 is posted on the Department of Industrial Relations Web site at


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