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AB-616 Student financial aid: California State Work-Study Program.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 26, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 616


Introduced by Assembly Member Campos

February 24, 2015


An act to amend Section 69960 of the Education Code, relating to student financial aid.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 616, as amended, Campos. Student financial aid: California State Work-Study Program.
Existing law establishes the California State Work-Study Program, under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, to provide eligible college and university students with an opportunity to earn money to help defray their educational costs while gaining valuable experience in educationally beneficial or career-related employment. The program requires a participating institution to ensure that each work-study position meets specified conditions, including ensuring that no position filled by a work-study student has been occupied by a regular employee during the current or immediately preceding 12 months.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would allocate funding for purposes of reactivating the program change this time period, regarding a position to be filled by a work-study student, to the current or immediately preceding 6 months.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 69960 of the Education Code is amended to read:

69960.
 The institution shall assure that each work-study position meets all of the following conditions:
(a) The position shall be educationally beneficial or related to a particular career interest or the exploration of career options.
(b) The work performed by the student shall not be related to the activities of any sectarian organization or to any partisan or nonpartisan political activities.
(c) The employment of a work-study student shall not displace workers currently employed by the participating employer, or impair existing contracts for services. No position filled by a work-study student shall have been occupied by a regular employee during the current or immediately preceding 12 6 months.
(d) The work-study position shall not violate any applicable collective bargaining agreements, or fill any vacancies due to a labor dispute.
(e) The student shall be paid at a comparable rate to that paid for comparable positions within the employing organization. If the employing organization has no comparable position, the student shall be paid at a rate comparable to that paid by other organizations in the field for work involving comparable duties and responsibilities. The positions shall be compared on the basis of the nature of the work performed and the background and skills required for the position, and not upon the employee’s part-time or student status.
(f) The number of hours of employment the student is allowed to work shall be determined by each institution in accordance with its standards and practices, taking into consideration the extent of the student’s financial need and the potential harm of the combination of work and study hours on a student’s satisfactory academic progress. The employer shall provide the institution with an accurate accounting of hours worked and wages earned.
(g) The total compensation received by the student shall not exceed the total amount authorized by the institution.
(h) The employer shall provide the student with reasonable supervision.
(i) No funds appropriated under this article shall supplant any state, federal, or institutional funds used to support existing paid positions for students in profit or nonprofit organizations.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would allocate funding for purposes of reactivating the California State Work-Study Program established in Section 69951 of the Education Code.