FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR # 97-09
Friday, January 31, 1997

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


IWC Announces Hearings on Flexible Workweek

SAN FRANCISCO--The Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) today announced public hearings regarding the recently adopted proposal to make California's workweek more worker friendly. The proposal that passed by a 3 to 2 vote at a Commission meeting on Friday in San Francisco would amend certain wage orders to allow greater flexibility in the work place.

The hearings 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 Commission also proposes to amend Section 2 in each of the five orders to allow administrative, executive and professional employees increased flexibility to parallel federal law. In addition, the IWC proposes to amend Section 11 in each of the five orders to allow employees to voluntarily waive a meal period under certain protective conditions. Finally, the IWC proposes 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 three hearings are scheduled as follows:

Sacramento Friday, March 14, 1997 10 a.m. Department of Heath Services
714 P Street, The Twin Towers
Room 102
Oakland Friday, March 21, 1997 10 a.m. CalTrans Building
111 Grand Ave.
Auditorium, First Floor
Los Angeles Friday, April 4, 1997 10 a.m. State Building
107 South Broadway
Auditorium, First Floor

Public comment is welcome. Written comment should be submitted as far in advance as possible to the 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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