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Substitute Senate Bill No. 216

Public Act No. 08-108

AN ACT CONCERNING MINORS IN THE WORKPLACE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 31-23 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, a minor who has reached the age of fourteen may be employed or permitted to work as a caddie or in a pro shop at any municipal or private golf course, and a minor who has reached the age of fifteen may be employed or permitted to work in any mercantile establishment, [from September 30, 2002, to September 30, 2007, inclusive,] as a bagger, cashier or stock clerk, provided such employment [shall be] is (A) limited to periods of school vacation during which school is not in session for five consecutive days or more except that such minor employed in a retail food store may work on any Saturday during the year; (B) for not more than forty hours in any week; (C) for not more than eight hours in any day; and (D) between the hours of seven o'clock in the morning and seven o'clock in the evening, except that from July first to the first Monday in September in any year, any such minor may be employed until nine o'clock in the evening. (2) (A) Each person who employs a fourteen-year-old minor as a caddie or in a pro shop at any municipal or private golf course pursuant to this section shall obtain a certificate stating that such minor is fourteen years of age or older, as provided in section 10-193, and (B) each person who employs a fifteen-year-old minor in any mercantile establishment pursuant to this subsection shall obtain a certificate stating that such minor is fifteen years of age or older, as provided in section 10-193. Such certificate shall be kept on file at the place of employment and shall be available at all times during business hours to the inspectors of the Labor Department. (3) The Labor Commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as the commissioner deems necessary to implement the provisions of this subsection.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of section 31-23 of the general statutes, in effect prior to the effective date of section 1 of this act, any minor who reached the age of fifteen and was employed, on or after October 1, 2007, as a bagger, cashier or stock clerk shall be deemed to have been lawfully employed, provided such employment was in accordance with the provisions of subparagraphs (A) to (D), inclusive, of subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of said section 31-23. Any person who employed such minor shall not be deemed (1) to have violated the provisions of subsection (a) of said section 31-23, or (2) subject to the penalties of section 31-15a of the general statutes or section 31-69a of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes.

Approved June 2, 2008