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NO. 69. AN ACT RELATING TO CHILDREN WORKING AT BASEBALL GAMES.

(H.597)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 21 V.S.A. § 431 is amended to read:

§ 431. AGE LIMIT; CERTIFICATE AS TO ELIGIBILITY OF CHILD

Except as provided in this subchapter, a child under *[sixteen]* 16 years of age shall not be employed in any gainful occupation unless such child deposits with the employer a certificate from the commissioner of labor and industry to the effect that *[he]* the child is eligible *[to]* for employment in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter. However, this requirement shall not apply to any *[such]* child *[when]* employed during vacations or before or after sessions of school when such employment is not otherwise prohibited by subsequent provisions of this subchapter.

Sec. 2. 21 V.S.A. § 434 is amended to read:

§ 434. EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN

A child under *[sixteen]* 16 years of age shall not be employed more than eight hours in any day, or more than six days in any week, or earlier than six o'clock in the morning, or after seven o'clock at night. However, in the case of a child employed as an actor or performer in motion pictures, theatrical productions, radio or television, or employed as a baseball bat girl or bat boy, the child may be employed until midnight or after midnight if a parent or guardian and the commissioner of labor and industry have consented in writing. The department shall adopt rules regarding the permissible duties of a baseball bat girl or bat boy. The provisions of this section shall not apply to employment at work connected with agriculture or domestic service.

Sec. 3. CHILD LABOR LAWS; RECOMMENDATIONS

On or before November 1, 2000, the Department of Labor and Industry shall present written recommendation to the Senate Committee on General Affairs and Housing and to the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs for updating the statutory provisions regulating employment, wages and medium of payment and conditions of employment as they relate to children.

Approved: April 4, 2000