AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIES TO SUSPEND THE OPERATION OF CERTAIN LABOR LAWS.
Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would
tend to defeat its purpose, which is to
immediately authorize the commissioner of labor and industries to suspend
the operation of certain labor laws,
therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law,
necessary for the immediate preservation of the
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The commissioner of labor and industries is hereby
authorized, in conformity with Article XX of Part the First of the
Constitution of the Commonwealth, to suspend
until July first, nineteen hundred and ninety-two the application or operation
of any provision of
chapter one hundred and forty-nine of the General Laws or any rule or
regulation made thereunder, regulating, limiting or prohibiting the
employment of persons, or of minors over the age of sixteen, or both. The
commissioner shall exercise this authority when he finds, after opportunity
has been given to interested parties to be heard, that an emergency exists
or that conditions of hardship in an industry, branch of an industry, or
individual establishment require or justify the suspension of any provision
of such laws, rules or regulations. Suspensions issued by the commissioner
shall prescribe, and may be either granted or limited to, one or more
particular departments, operations or occupations within an establishment or a
particular industry or branch of industry.
commissioner shall appoint industry advisory committees, on which employers
and employees shall be equally represented, to consult and advise him
in matters relating to the suspension authorized by this act.
SECTION 1A. A special commission is hereby established for the
purpose of examining which labor laws are suspended, how often the labor laws
are suspended, and whether the labor laws should be amended instead of
suspended. Said commission shall consist of two members of the senate, one of
whom shall be the senate chairman of the joint committee on commerce and labor,
two members of the house of representatives, one of whom shall be the house
chairman of the joint committee on commerce and labor, and three members to be
appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be the commissioner of the
department of labor and industries, one of whom shall be a representative of
Associated Industries of Massachusetts and one of whom shall be a
representative of the Massachusetts AFL/CIO - State Labor Council.
Said commission shall report to the general court the results of its
investigation and study, and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts
of legislation to carry its recommendations into effect by filing the same with
the clerk of the house of representatives on or before the first Wednesday in
November, nineteen hundred and ninety-one.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect as of July first, nineteen
hundred and ninety.