STAND. COM. REP. NO. 553

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 1149
                                        S.D. 1




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Labor and Environment, to which was
referred S.B. No. 1149 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF WAGE LAWS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to clarify that the Director
of Labor and Industrial Relations (the Director) is not liable
for attorney's fees and other costs of the defendant in cases
involving the collection of unpaid wages.

     Testimony in support of the measure with technical,
nonsubstantive amendments was received from the Department of
Labor and Industrial Relations.

     Your Committee finds that this measure ensures that the
courts will not assess attorney's fees and costs against the
Director when the Director fails to prevail in a judicial attempt
on behalf of the employee to collect unpaid wages.  Clarification
will allow the Director to assist employees to pursue the
collection of unpaid wages knowing that the State will not be
assessed unanticipated costs and attorney's fees.  

     Your Committee has made technical, nonsubstantive amendments
for purposes of style, clarity, and consistency.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Labor and Environment that is attached to this
report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose

 
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of S.B. No. 1149, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1149,
S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Labor and
                                   Environment,



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                                   BOB NAKATA, Chair

 
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