senate Bill S6857

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Permits a minor over twelve years of age to work as a referee for athletic games or competitions under certain circumstances

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Mar 20, 2014 referred to labor

S6857 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3650A
Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §130, Lab L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A5035
2009-2010: A9722

S6857 - Bill Texts

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Permits a minor over twelve years of age to work as a referee for athletic games or competitions under certain circumstances.

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BILL NUMBER:S6857

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the labor law, in relation to permitting
a minor over twelve years of age to work as a referee for athletic games
or competitions under certain circumstances

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

An act to amend Subdivision 2 of § 130 of the labor law to allow a minor
over twelve years of age, after completing proper training, to act as a
referee at athletic games, competitions and tournaments involving
competitors who are eleven years of age or younger.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

This bill would amend § 130 the Labor Law, which prohibits employment of
minors under the age of fourteen years, to include an additional excep-
tion. Currently, there are exceptions for minors under the age of four-
teen that permit them to be employed under certain circumstances. This
bill would add the following exception: A minor over twelve years of age
who acts as a referee at an athletic game, competition or tournament,
involving competitors who are twelve years of age or younger, hosted by
an athletic association or organization that has trained and tested such
minor in accordance with established safety standards, for a duration of
twenty hours or less per week and during times when school is not in
session with the written consent of a parent or guardian.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is currently common practice for children aged twelve and over to
serve as a referee for younger children's sporting events. This provides
the host organization with an official for their games at less than half
the cost of hiring an adult referee, and provides the child referee with
a safe and enjoyable way to make money. Recently, concerns have arisen
that this common practice is in conflict with current labor law. This
legislation will add referee to the list of exceptions to Labor Law 5
130, allowing children aged twelve and over to officiate games for chil-
dren aged eleven and under for no more than twenty hours per week and
only when school is not in session with the written consent of a parent
or guardian.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  6857

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 20, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GRIFFO -- 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  a  minor  over
  twelve  years of age to work as a referee for athletic games or compe-
  titions under certain circumstances

  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 OVER TWELVE YEARS OF AGE AS A REFEREE AT AN ATHLETIC GAME,
COMPETITION OR TOURNAMENT, INVOLVING COMPETITORS WHO ARE TWELVE YEARS OF
AGE OR YOUNGER, HOSTED BY AN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OR  ORGANIZATION  THAT
HAS  TRAINED AND TESTED SUCH MINOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH ESTABLISHED SAFETY
STANDARDS, FOR A DURATION OF TWENTY HOURS OR LESS PER  WEEK  AND  DURING
TIMES  WHEN SCHOOL IS NOT IN SESSION AND THE MINOR IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE
PARENT OR GUARDIAN OR HAS PRESENTED THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE PARENT OR
GUARDIAN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07950-03-4

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