New Rules in Place for Construction, Drilling, Logging & Mining Workers in Calif.

January 3, 2001

California workers employed in on-site occupations in the construction, drilling, logging and mining industries started the new year off with new workplace rules. In the past, employees in these industries have worked without the overtime and work schedules in place in other industries, but the tide has changed.

The Industrial Welfare Commission, which sets standards for wages, hours and working conditions in California, adopted the new wage order on Oct. 23. IWC Order 16 regulates minimum wage and overtime, alternative work week schedules and make-up time, meals and rest periods, uniforms and equipment, and other standards for employees in on-site construction, such as remodeling, building, excavations, demolitions, renovations, and other work that requires a contractor’s license.

It also applies to employees engaged in drilling, logging and mining. This marks the first time that there is a requirement for payment of overtime for work performed between eight and 12 hours in a workday and for the first eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive workday for employees in those occupations. In addition, double time is now required after 12 hours in a workday and after eight hours on the seventh consecutive day in any workweek.

Also included are provisions for an alternative work schedule in which employees could work up to 10 hours a day without incurring overtime and make up lost time resulting from personal obligations. The full language of Order 16 is posted on the Department of Industrial Relations website, www.dir.ca.gov/IWC/iwc.html.

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