Permits a minor over twelve years of age to work as a referee for athletic games or competitions under certain circumstances.
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 exception. Currently, there are exceptions for minors under the age of fourteen 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.
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 children 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:
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6857 IN SENATE 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