Legislature(1999 - 2000)

04/20/1999 01:37 PM L&C

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           HB 123-MINIMUM WAGE & OVERTIME EXEMPTIONS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN MACKIE called the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee                                                                  
meeting to order at 1:37 p.m. and announced HB 123 to be up for                                                                 
consideration.  He said that Senator Leman had worked with the                                                                  
sponsor on language regarding nonprofit activities.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to adopt the CS (Craemer4/20/99) to HB 123.                                                                 
There were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG concurred with the definition of nonprofit                                                              
activities in the CS.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. PAUL GROSSI, Direction, Division of Workmens' Compensation,                                                                 
said that Section (a) of AS 23.32.30 excludes a number of                                                                       
categories of workers from Workmens' Compensation and this is                                                                   
usually what the Board goes by for coverage.  If they are not                                                                   
specifically excluded, the Board assumes they are covered.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KELLY asked if most ski patrols in Alaska were covered now                                                              
under Workmens' Compensation.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. GROSSI answered that he didn't know about all of them, but                                                                  
Alyeska and Eaglecrest are covered.  He explained that the                                                                      
employer/employee relationship test is different for the feds and                                                               
other various statutes.  The Workmens' Compensation Board has its                                                               
own test.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. CHRIS ROSS, National Ski Patrol, said that he understands all                                                               
patrollers and operators in Alaska are covered.  They don't see                                                                 
that this bill would change that relationship.  They do not intend                                                              
to change to status quo with Workmens' Compensation.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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SENATOR LEMAN moved to pass SDSHB 123(L&C) from committee.  There                                                               
were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                       

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