senate Bill S7373

Permits minors to be employed as a referee, umpire or official at a youth sporting event

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  • 14 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LABOR

Summary

Permits certain minors to be employed as a referee, umpire or official at a youth sporting event.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8457
Versions:
S7373
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง130, 131, 132, 142 & 143, Lab L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2013-2014: A927, A927
2011-2012: A7484, S510, A7484
2009-2010: S6652

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BILL NUMBER:S7373

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to
permitting the employment of minors as referees, umpires or officials
at youth sporting events

PURPOSE:

This bill amends the labor law to include an exception to allow a
minor twelve or thirteen years of age as a referee, umpire or official
at a youth sporting event when attendance upon instruction is not
required by the Education Law and allows youth ages fourteen through
seventeen to be employed as a referee umpire or official; without
certificate of employment or permit, in order to allow more young
people to get paid to perform this work, as many leagues are trying to
cope with a significant shortage of youth referees.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new paragraph to Subdivision 2 of section 130 of the
labor law to include an exception to allow a minor twelve or thirteen
years of age as a referee, umpire or official at a youth sporting
event when attendance upon instruction is not required by the
education law. Likewise Section 2 amends paragraph a of subdivision 3
of section 131 of the labor law adding an exception to work without a
certificate or permit for fourteen and fifteen year olds, and Section
3 adds a similar exception for sixteen and seventeen year olds,
amending subdivision 3 of section 132 of the labor law, allowing them
to work without an employment certificate or permit. Section 4 amends
subdivision 4 of section 142 of the labor law to add an exemption from
the statute for fourteen and fifteen year olds employed as a referee,
umpire or official at a youth sporting event. Furthermore, Section 5
amends subdivision 4 of section 143 of the labor law to include an
exemption from statute application for sixteen and seventeen year olds
who are working as a referee, umpire or official at a youth sporting
event.

JUSTIFICATION:

The labor laws of New York state that no minor under the age of
fourteen shall be employed in or in connection with any trade,
business or service. Since its inception, however, numerous exceptions
have been created to this to allow a minor of a specified age to be
able to work before the age of fourteen. Exceptions have been allowed
for a child performer and a model to be allotted work under the age of
fourteen. Furthermore, exceptions have been added for a minor twelve
to thirteen to be permitted to work on a family farm, family market
stand, or as a bridge caddie, as well as even adding an exception for
a minor eleven years of age to be permitted to be a newspaper carrier.
All of these exceptions are allotted as long as they comply with
either the arts and cultural affairs law or the education law work
requirements for minors.

When exceptions have allowed children under the age of fourteen to be
permitted to work in a certain field, the amendment has also provided
provisions allowing youth ages fourteen through seventeen to be
employed in that same field without certificate of employment or


permit. Similar to that of the exclusion for a bridge caddie, this
exception allowing twelve and thirteen year olds to be employed as a
referee, umpire or official at a youth sporting event, accompany
provisions allowing those ages fourteen through seventeen to do so
without an employment certificate or permit.

Currently, many youth sport leagues are experiencing shortages in
referees or umpires. For example, many youth hockey leagues are trying
to cope with a significant shortage of youth referees. This
legislation would allow more young people to enjoy contributing to
youth sports regardless of their athletic ability and to learn the
value of gainful employment.

BILL HISTORY:

2013: A.927 (Gibson) - Referred to Labor
2011-12: A.7484 - Referred to Labor/ S.510 - Passed Senate
2009-2010: S.6652 - Referred to Labor

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7373

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor

AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to permitting the  employment
  of minors as referees, umpires or officials at youth sporting events

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 130 of the labor law is amended by
adding a new paragraph i to read as follows:
  I. A MINOR TWELVE OR THIRTEEN YEARS OF AGE AS  A  REFEREE,  UMPIRE  OR
OFFICIAL  AT  A YOUTH SPORTING EVENT WHEN ATTENDANCE UPON INSTRUCTION IS
NOT REQUIRED BY THE EDUCATION LAW.
  S 2.  Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 131 of the labor law  is
amended by adding a new subparagraph 7 to read as follows:
  (7)  SERVICE  AS  A  REFEREE,  UMPIRE  OR OFFICIAL AT A YOUTH SPORTING
EVENT.
  S 3. Paragraph a of subdivision 3 of section 132 of the labor  law  is
amended by adding a new subparagraph 7 to read as follows:
  (7)  SERVICE  AS  A  REFEREE,  UMPIRE  OR OFFICIAL AT A YOUTH SPORTING
EVENT.
  S 4. Subdivision 4 of section 142 of the  labor  law,  as  amended  by
chapter 35 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows:
  4.  This  section shall not apply to a newspaper carrier as defined in
section thirty-two hundred twenty-eight of the education law whose hours
of work are governed by such section, a farm laborer, a child  performer
whose  employment  is governed by section 35.01 of the arts and cultural
affairs law and article four-A of this  chapter,  a  child  model  whose
employment is governed by section 35.05 of the arts and cultural affairs
law,  a bridge caddie at a bridge tournament, A REFEREE, UMPIRE OR OFFI-
CIAL AT A YOUTH SPORTING EVENT or a baby sitter as  defined  in  section
one hundred thirty-one of this [chapter] ARTICLE.
  S  5.    Subdivision  4 of section 143 of the labor law, as amended by
chapter 35 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows:
  4. This section shall not apply to a newspaper carrier as  defined  in
section thirty-two hundred twenty-eight of the education law whose hours

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02012-01-3

S. 7373                             2

of  work are governed by such section, a farm laborer, a child performer
whose employment is governed by section 35.01 of the arts  and  cultural
affairs  law  and  article  four-A  of this chapter, a child model whose
employment is governed by section 35.05 of the arts and cultural affairs
law,  a bridge caddie at a bridge tournament, A REFEREE, UMPIRE OR OFFI-
CIAL AT A YOUTH SPORTING EVENT or a baby sitter as  defined  in  section
one hundred thirty-one of this [chapter] ARTICLE or a seventeen year old
minor employed as a counselor, junior counselor or counselor-in-training
at a camp for children during the months of June, July and August.
  S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.

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