California to Limit Firemen’s Hours

California to Limit Firemen’s Hours

A bill designed to limit by state law, the hours of duty of employees and members of fire departments, is being considered by the California Legislature. It also provides methods and limits of leaves ot absence and for annual vacations without loss of pay.

The bill reads as follows:

Section I. It shall be unlawful hereafter for any commission, board, officer or other agent ot any county, city and county, city, town, district or other political subdivision of the state, knowingly to require any member or employee of a paid fire department ot any such county, city and county, city, town, district, or other political subdivision of the state, to work or remain on duty more than nineteen hours in any one day of twentyfour hours; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply: First—To the members of the commission or board in control of such fire department. Second-To the chief officer or other person in command of such fire department. Third-To the members of such fire department when directed by the chief officer or person in command to remain on duty during the continuance of a serious emergency. Fourth—To the members of such fire department actually on duty during the continuance of a fire which is being actually resisted by such fire department.

$ 2. Each officer, member and employee of any such fire department shall be allowed a continuous leave of absence of not less than twenty-four hours duration not less than once in each week and shall also be allowed a vacation of not less than fifteen days duration during each year of his service. The leaves of absence and annual vacations herein granted, must be arranged by said commission, board or officer so as not to interfere with or impair the efficiency of such department. Such leaves of absence and vacations to be without loss of pay.

$ 3. All acts or parts of acts in conflict with the provisions hereof are hereby repealed.

$ 4. This act shall be in force from and after the first day of January, nineteen hundred and twenty-eight.

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